Domestic Relations (1922)

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Although this domestic drama was certainly subpar, it featured two of the most beautiful faces of the silent screen -- Katherine MacDonald and Barbara LaMarr. (LaMarr had just come off an impressive appearance in The Prisoner of Zenda and was not yet a star.) Judge James Benton (William P. Carleton Jr.) sends Joe Martin (Frank Leigh) to jail for beating his wife (LaMarr) after finding her with another man. But Benton doesn't realize that he's abusing his own wife Barbara (Benton) just as much by his neglect. He gets his just desserts when he hires an artist, Pierre (George Fisher), to paint her portrait. The day comes when the judge arrives home and finds Barbara in Pierre's arms. Without waiting for an explanation he banishes Barbara from his home. Later he asks her to come back because their separation is having a negative effect on his position, but she refuses. She meets Mrs. Martin through charity work, and the two women become friendly. When Martin gets out of jail, he heads for the judge's house with a loaded gun. Mrs. Martin warns Barbara, who goes to protect Benton. The result is that both men are reconciled with their wives.

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husband, judge, love, marital-problems, neglect, revenge, scandal