One Law for Both (1917)

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For virtually the first half of the 20th Century, a man could be forgiven for rampant infidelity, while a woman with the same type of background was emphatically condemned. The injustice of this was broached in this 1917 silent film. Russian girl Elga Pulaski (Rita Jolivet) is obliged to give up her honor so that her fellow revolutionaries can be freed from jail. Later on she travels to America and marries Norman Hutchinson (Vincent Serrano). When Hutchinson finds out about his wife's past, he throws her out, even though he has been spending his time convincing his sister Helen (Leah Baird) to forgive her husband (Pedro deCordoba) for having a mistress. Helen finally convinces Norman that if she can forgive her husband, he should be able to forgive his wife, so he and Elga are reconciled. This picture was eight reels long (about an hour and a half) in a time when most pictures ran for five (just under an hour). The material wasn't strong enough to carry on for this long, and the film's pace suffered as a result.



couple, extramarital-affair