Up the Ladder (1925)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Marriage Drama  |  
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This routine domestic drama was based on a stage play by Owen Davis. Jane Cornwall, a wealthy heiress (Virginia Valli), secretly uses her fortune to help her sweetheart, James Van Clinton (Forrest Stanley), perfect his invention -- a "Tele-Vision-Scope" (a device which enables people to see each other while talking on the phone). After the device succeeds, Jane and Van Clinton wed and begin a family. After a few years of marriage, Van Clinton becomes bored and falls prey to the charms of Helen Newhall (Margaret Livingston). He neglects his business, forcing his partner to sell his half in order to save the company. To Van Clinton's surprise, his partner isn't Judge Seymour (George Fawcett), like he thought -- it's Jane. And Jane, who has discovered the affair (through the use of the Tele-Vision-Scope, no less), refuses to help him out. Now that he's made a royal mess out of his life, Van Clinton buckles down and really gets to work. Once he has learned a bit of humility, Jane and his young daughter return.



extramarital-affair, judge, love, marriage, seduction