Virtuous Liars (1924)

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This Vitagraph drama was a routine programmer. Edith (Edith Allen) gives up her artistic career when she marries Jack Banton (Ralph Kellard). Banton turns out to be a womanizer and eventually he deserts Edith. He heads for Cuba, where he has an affair with the vampy Juanita (Dagmar Godowsky), while Edith returns to her career. At a friend's suggestion, she claims to be a widow, and her artwork becomes successful because of the help offered by critic Josiah Wright (Maurice Costello). Wright falls in love with her, so she tells him the truth about her husband. His weak heart can't take the news and he dies, willing her a large sum of money. Edith has fallen in love with Wright's nephew, Norman (David Powell), but Banton -- who has heard of the inheritance -- returns. Edith buys him off. As he's leaving, a jealous suitor of Juanita's kills him. Now an actual widow, Edith is free to wed Norman.