Modern Matrimony (1923)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

After leaving the production company belonging to Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Alice Lake tried to establish herself as a dramatic actress with only mixed results (she never became a true star). Her later, occasional appearances in lighter fare always made one sorry that she made the career choice that she did, and this bright situation comedy with Owen Moore is no exception. (Moore, incidentally, is another actor from the silent era who should have gotten more recognition. If he is remembered at all today, it's as Mary Pickford's first husband. This unsuccessful marriage aside, he was a fine farceur and an asset to any light comedy). In spite of the objections of Mrs. Flynn (Mayme Kelso), her daughter, Patricia (Lake), marries the poor but ambitious Chester Waddington (Moore). Waddington purchases a home and furniture on the installment plan, but then uses his paycheck for a real estate deal, which he believes his boss favors. Unfortunately, when the boss finds out about it, he's anything but pleased and fires Waddington. The creditors repossess the furniture and a sheriff comes to claim the home. To top it all off, Patricia's father (Frank Campeau) comes by to tell her that he and the missus have changed their minds about Waddington. Luckily, it turns out that the real estate deal has unexpectedly made Waddington a very wealthy man, so all turns out well.



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