Confessions of a Wife (1928)

Run Time - 70 min.  |  
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Helene Chadwick, a star of the late teens whose popularity had diminished by the end of the '20s, was still capable of delivering a persuasive performance in such minor efforts as Confessions of a Wife. Based on a play by Owen Davis Sr., a past master of domestic melodramas (and of melodramas, period), the story deals with Marion Atwell (Helene Chadwick), a chronic gambler who desperately tries to hide her "illness" from her wealthy husband Paul (Arthur Clayton). Forced to lie to Paul on a daily basis, Marion is finally trapped in her own deceit, thanks to a shady gambling boss known as Handsome Harry (Charles Gerrard). The titular confession is delayed until the final reel, permitting leading lady Chadwick to pull out all the emotional stops. The pedestrian direction by Albert Kelly did not match the quality of the performances.



confession [criminal], deception, gambling