Wife by Proxy (1917)

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A naive Irish girl Jerry McNairn (Mabel Taliaferro) travels to the States and stays with Norton Burbeck (Robert Walker). Burbeck is to inherit a fortune, providing he is married by a certain date. He intends to wed Beatrice Gauden (Sally Crute), not realizing that she is already married and just leading him on. Her husband (Fred Jones) is in league with Burbeck's cousin, Curtiss, who will get the inheritance if Burbeck does not marry. This scheme almost works, but Burbeck quickly turns around and marries Jerry to save the fortune. Jerry knows something of the scheme but believes that maybe Beatrice does love Burbeck. To find out, she consents to the divorce that was promised her when she married Burbeck, but says she intends to keep the money, which, according to the will's instructions, she can do. Beatrice, of course, immediately leaves Burbeck. He by now has discovered he really loves Jerry, but she has just left him, and his money, to go back to Ireland. He catches up with her just before she sails, and they leave together.