So This Is Marriage? (1924)

Genres - Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy  |   Run Time - 68 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This domestic comedy-drama seems to owe a lot of its spirit to filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille, who made quite a few similar films. When Beth (Eleanor Boardman) marries Peter Marsh (Conrad Nagel), they find their ideas of domestic bliss are very different. Peter dreams of power and a large family, while Beth envisions an vast wardrobe. Her extravagant spending sends her husband into debt and their quarrels grow heated. Just about this time, Daniel Rankin (Lew Cody), another resident in the apartment building where the Marshes live, comes into the picture. He's a self-admitted expert in "understanding misunderstood women," and he sees Beth as easy prey. With the help of his chauffeur and the Marsh's chauffeur, Rankin arranges for Beth's car to "break down." He comes to her aid and offers his sympathetic ear. His presence does not exactly thrill Peter. When Rankin throws a dance in Beth's honor, Peter forbids her to go. She defies him and leaves, but Rankin, who isn't such a bad sort, realizes that she still loves her husband. He sits her down and tells her the Biblical story of David (Warner Oland) and Bath-Sheba (Mabel Julienne Scott), and sends Beth home to Peter.



extramarital-affair, finances, love, reconciliation