Why Do Men Marry? (1922)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Countries - Italy   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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This curious Italian film was somewhere in-between a satire and a tragedy. The title was apparently created solely to bring in a curious audience, since the film never does answer the question. Lesley Mason edited it for American consumption. Edy Darclea has a dual role, as Flavia, an heiress, and Mousselaine, an actress. Two club men, Madoc and Glenmore, are rivals for the hand of Flavia, and they also hear of Mousselaine, who could be Flavia's double. The men make a bet -- whoever wins either Flavia or Mousselaine will have to give the other fifty thousand dollars. Glenmore marries Mousselaine and then hears that Madoc has wed the heiress. He decides to kidnap Flavia while Madoc is gone and leave Mousselaine in her place. The two men fight a duel over this, and Glenmore is killed. Afterwards, Madoc and Flavia leave on a belated honeymoon -- rather a strange way to end things. The director was billed as "Genina," and was probably Augusto Genina, who was best known for 1930's Prix de Beaute starring Louise Brooks).