Poor Men's Wives (1923)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 77 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

This picture was something of a companion piece to Rich Men's Wives. Claribel (Betty Francisco) drops her sweetheart, cab driver Jim Maberne (David Butler), in favor of the wealthy Richard Smith-Blanton (Richard Tucker). She weds Smith-Blanton while Maberne goes on to marry Laura Bedford (Barbara LaMarr). But even though Laura loves Maberne, she has trouble making ends meet, especially after she gives birth to twins, and she begins to envy Claribel's lifestyle. She doesn't realize that Smith-Blanton is unfaithful and Claribel is miserable. When she is invited to a fancy dress ball, Laura brings home an expensive dress "on approval," but her children destroy it before she can take it back. Because she doesn't have the money to pay for it, she steals the sum from her husband's savings. Maberne finds out that his money is gone and he throws Laura out of the house. But when he hears the whole story, he forgives her and welcomes her back.



ball [dance], child, dress, friendship, husband, loot, millionaire, mother, wife, working-class