The Indestructible Wife (1919)

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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

Stage and screen luminary Alice Brady stars in this unusual take on the story of The Taming of the Shrew. Charlotte Ordway (Brady) has boundless energy, and her new husband, Jim (Saxon Kling), can't even begin to keep up with her. On their honeymoon, she is "three cities ahead of him" the whole time. Back home, she hikes 20 miles in the morning, goes for a bike ride before lunch, swims and golfs in the afternoon, and dances all night. Jim asks his friends for help in wearing her out, but they are all unsuccessful. Then Brandon (Roy Adams), a "physical culture instructor," tries to win Charlotte away from her husband with his machismo. When Jim discovers this, he spirits his wife to an island cabin and plays rough with her. As generally happens in silent films, his "cave man" tactics win her over and she becomes suitably tamed.