What's a Wife Worth? (1921)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 66 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

After arguing with his father (Alec B. Francis), Bruce Morrison (Casson Ferguson) leaves home and goes to a small town. There he meets and marries Rose Kendall (Ruth Renick). Right after their wedding, he receives a notice that his father is sick. The couple returns to the Morrison home, but Bruce is compelled to hide Rose because she is well below his station and his father would disapprove of her. Old man Morrison informs his son that he has the perfect bride for him -- Jane Penfield (Virginia Caldwell). Jane's brother, Murray (Maxfield Stanley), discovers Rose, and convinces her that her husband is no good. Rose leaves and goes back home, and Bruce divorces her because she has deserted him. Rose has a baby and Jane, whom Bruce has married, soon finds herself pregnant, too. When Jane's baby dies, the family doctor (Charles Wingate) replaces it with Rose's child (apparently no one notices the difference in the babies' age or appearance). Rose misses her baby and goes to see it. Jane, meanwhile, has proven to be a social butterfly with no maternal instincts. Bruce learns that the baby belongs to Rose, and eventually they are reconciled.

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child, con/scam, custody, divorce, first-love, reunion