Second Wife (1936)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Marriage Drama, Melodrama  |   Run Time - 59 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Fulton Oursler, the prolific Reader's Digest editor whose range extended from detective stories to religious books, tried his hand at domestic drama with Second Wife. The title character is Gertrude Michael, recently married to Walter Abel--though not that recently, since she's about to have a baby. Abel discovers that his son by his first wife is ill in a remote Swiss village, and is forced to leave Wife Number Two alone during childbirth. She resents Abel's absence and prepares to walk out in the company of another man, but her erstwhile lover wants nothing to do with children. The plot is worked out to everyone's satisfaction but the audience, which recognized Second Wife as an antiquated remake of a 1930 weeper of the same name.



childbirth, ex-lover, marital-problems, pregnancy