Hypocrisy (1916)

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Mrs. Gordon Trent (Ida Darling) has maintained her high social status by running herself into a large amount of debt. She figures that her financial worries will be over when her daughter Virginia (Virginia Pearson) marries some nice, wealthy young man. But Virginia prefers a young lawyer, Warren Presby (Alfred Swenson) over the more well-off broker Morgan Hutchins (John Webb Dillon). Presby's financial status worsens just before he weds Virginia; he discovers that his stock holdings have become worthless. But Virginia marries him anyway, and Presby goes to work for the District Attorney. Mrs. Trent, meanwhile, wants her daughter divorced from Presby and married to Hutchins, and she tricks Virginia into running up some debt herself. Hutchins offers to help her out, and just as he's writing the check, Presby walks in. The couple have a fight and separate, but Virginia realizes the part that her mother played and decides to make it on her own. She becomes a manicurist at a fancy hotel where she overhears a discussion about a plot to discredit her husband. She's able to save Presby from this scheme and they are reunited. To make matters even better, his stock has taken off once again and he's in the money.