Today (1917)

Genres - Drama  |  
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Lilly Morton (Florence Reed) lives with her husband Fred (Frank Mills) and her in-laws (Gus Weinberg and Alice Gale). Fred's business goes bankrupt and he asks his wife to give up her costly jewels and their fancy home so that he can pay his creditors. Lilly, who loves the finer things in life, is upset and resentful over this. One day, while in her new, more humble, surroundings she is visited by old friend Marion Garland (Leonore Harris). When Lilly complains about having no nice clothes, Marion suggests she get them "the way some other women do." Lilly doesn't like the idea at first but finally decides to go ahead and meet with a wealthy friend of Marion's, Richard Hewlett (Harry Lambert). Fred soon becomes suspicious of her absences, and one day, when a certain Mrs. Farrington (Kate Lesser) arranges a meeting for Lilly, she goes only to find her husband waiting for her. Delirious with anger, he strangles her. Then Lilly wakes up and finds it was just a horrible dream. This film was based on the successful stageplay by George Broadhurst and Abraham Schomer -- all, that is, except for the ending, which is pure cinematic hokum.



husband-and-wife, materialism, sacrifice, love, nightmare