Love, Honor and ? (1919)

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In this day and age, the third part of the marriage vow, more often than not, is "cherish," but during the silent era -- when women were still fighting for the vote -- the last word was invariably "obey." Keith Elliot (Stuart Holmes) is an aviation officer just returning from France. He's expecting a big welcome from his wife Constance (Ellen Cassidy), but she's not that thrilled to see him. She's fallen in with a group of gambling, cigarette-smoking social butterflies and refuses to obey when Elliot orders her to give up her ways and her friends. Two of her pals, Butler Hayes (Corlies Giles) and Ruby de Sensora (Florence Short), are determined to see the couple separate; he goes for the wife and she goes for the husband. Both are unsuccessful in their pursuits, but the Elliots continue to bicker. Finally, Keith grabs a hold of Constance and drags her to his plane. He flies to a remote island where he tries to force her to do the housekeeping at the hunting lodge there. She refuses, but then Hayes appears on the island. He asks her to elope with him and when she won't, he tries to have his way with her anyhow. Elliot comes the rescue, and Constance realizes she loves her big, strong man after all. Stuart Holmes was more well known for playing heavies; audiences found it strange to see him playing the hero here. This Taming of the Shrew-type scenario would never fly today.