Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
Based on a 1911 novel by Elinor Glyn, this melodrama seems at first to focus on the dilemma of whether to marry for material gain or for love. This choice is put before the young heroine Velma (Aileen Pringle). For Velma, it is no choice at all. She steadfastly refuses an arranged marriage to a nobleman, a marriage meant to save the mortgage on her uncle's estate. As she fights for her right to choose a husband, she falls in love with Lord Tancred (Edmund Lowe). Little does she know at this point that Lord Tancred is exactly the man her uncle wanted her to wed in the first place. She goes through with the marriage of her dreams, only to find out that the nobleman of the original arranged marriage and Lord Tancred are one and the same. Upset by this imagined betrayal, she reacts by adamantly refusing to have anything to do with her husband, certain that he married her only to save her uncle's estate. But lo and behold, Velma makes an unusual discovery that changes her mind. Even in 1926, the plot and its premises stretched credibility for most people.
love, marriage-arranged, mortgage, romance