Half an Hour (1920)

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This drama was based on a play by Sir James M. Barrie. To save himself from financial ruin, the Earl of Westford (H. Cooper Cliffe) sells his daughter, Lady Lilian (Dorothy Dalton), to Richard Garson (Charles Richman), a wealthy commoner. Although Garson sincerely loves Lilian, and he is thrilled to have married a titled young woman, Lilian is not happy with the situation. She treats Garson coldly and he, in turn, is brutal towards her. She winds up having an affair with once affluent Hugh Paton (Albert Barrett), who is now broke and working for the government. After a particularly heated fight with Garson, Lilian tells Paton she will run away with him. They make plans to go to Egypt, and Lilian writes Garson a note before she leaves. But when she gets to Paton's, she discovers that he is a womanizer who makes a habit of running off with disaffected wives. He is killed by a taxicab before she can confront him. Lilian rushes home, but not before being seen by Dr. George Brodie (Frank Losee), who dines with Garson that night. Garson suspects Lilian, but she manages to find and destroy the note. She decides to tell the truth anyway, and the couple comes to a new understanding.