Blind Wives (1920)

Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Perhaps the title of this film was meant to cash in on the successful Erich Von Stroheim picture Blind Husbands, which had been released about a year earlier. The Edward Knoblock play on which it was based was called My Lady's Dress. The story is told in a series of five episodes, with the leads played in each one by Estelle Taylor and Marc MacDermott. The first episode shows Anne and her husband John having a fight over her passion for clothes, after which she falls asleep. Her first dream -- and the second episode -- concerns the flower on her dress, which was made by a crippled girl who sells her hair then goes away so that her sister (Sally Crute) can have a proper wedding. The next dream involves the sable decorating the dress. It was caught by a Russian trapper who comes home to find his wife has been unfaithful. The cloth, according to Anne's next dream, was made by a weaver whose husband is dying. Lastly, Anne has a nightmarish vision in which the mannequin who modeled her outfit murders her lustful boss, the modiste. When she finally wakes up, Anne makes up with John.