What Every Woman Learns (1919)

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In spite of solid casting, which includes luminaries such as Milton Sills, Irving Cummings and Theodore Roberts, this melodrama is a lesser vehicle for the husband/wife, director/star team of Fred Niblo and Enid Bennett. When Peter Fortesque (Roberts) dies, he admonishes his granddaughter Amy (Bennett) to enjoy her life to the fullest. She takes him quite literally and turns down a hard-working and serious attorney to marry a funny, lighthearted young man. But it turns out that her husband is shallow, vindictive and only married her for her money. Because of a desire for revenge, he tricks the attorney into coming by his home, shoots him and then tries to call the papers with the false claim that his wife was having an affair. But before he can dial the number, Amy shoots him dead. After she is acquitted and her former sweetheart recovers, they marry.



abuse, acquittal, alcoholism, life, murder, second-chance, trial [courtroom], violence