Marriage Lie (1918)

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Eileen Orton (Carmel Myers) finds herself broke after the death of her father (Joseph Girard), but when she meets Seward (Kenneth Harlan), he offers a solution to her dilemma. He's trying to get in on an engineering project that will take him to South America, but the boss, Craver (Harry Carter), insists that his employees be married. Eileen agrees to pose as Seward's wife, and the two of them actually do fall in love. Even so, when Seward goes to South America, he leaves Eileen in his apartment without a marriage license. Seward has trouble on the job -- he comes down with a tropical fever and takes to drink -- and Craver, meanwhile, is in New York, making moves on Eileen. Seward returns home and sends Craver on his way, then decides it's time to marry his ersatz wife.