More to Be Pitied Than Scorned (1922)

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Those who see the title to this picture and think it must be based on a hoary old melodrama are absolutely correct. The play, popular circa 1900, was written by Charles E. Blaney. Even though melodramas were making a little comeback in the early 1920s, this one really had no place in the flapper era. Julian Lorraine (J. Frank Glendon) is the leading man in a stock company. He leaves his wife, Viola (Alice Lake) because he believes she has been unfaithful. He is told that she has drowned himself, so he weds Josephine Clifford, his leading lady (Rosemary Theby). But Viola is not dead, and eventually she comes back to kidnap her own daughter, Ruth (Josephine Adair). Ultimately, the truth is revealed -- Vincent Grant, another actor of the troupe (Philo McCullough) was in love with Viola, so he plotted with Josephine to split up the Lorraines. Josephine is killed, Grant winds up behind bars, and Lorraine reunites with his faithful wife. Incidentally, this picture was produced by Harry Cohn, who would become famous -- or, perhaps, infamous -- as the head of Columbia Pictures.