What a Wife Learned (1923)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |  
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While competently made and well cast, this drama still wasn't all that entertaining. Writer Sheila Dorne (Marguerite de la Motte) agrees to marry Westerner Jim Russell (John Bowers) only when he promises to allow her to pursue her career. But to his chagrin, her writing takes up all her time, and then after her novel is published she insists that they must move to New York. Russell takes a menial job as a truck driver, and Sheila's book draws the attention of playwright Rudolph Martin (Milton Sills). They collaborate on a project and Russell feels more and more out of place. Even though Sheila still loves her husband, it's clear that he doesn't fit in with her new friends. In addition his boorish behavior makes her doubt her decision to return West with him. But she goes, and brings Martin with her so they can continue working together. Russell has an engineering job on a dam, but during a raging storm, it bursts. Russell risks his life to save Martin because he thinks that Sheila loves him. Only afterwards does he learn that his wife is perfectly happy with their marriage, and the couple reconciles.



career, dam, engineering, flood, husband, journalism, love, love-choices, play [recreation], rescue, teacher, truckdriver, writing