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The film was previously titled The Lady of Perfume . Should a Wife Forgive? marked the first feature film appearance of actress Baby Marie Osborne (1911-2010), who went on to become one of the most popular child stars of the 1910s before retiring from the screen in 1919. Beginning in the 1930s, Osborne variously acted in minor roles and was a stand-in for Ginger Rogers before becoming a studio costumer and wardrobe supervisor. One of her last credited films was The Godfather Part II (see ... More Less

The film was previously titled The Lady of Perfume . Should a Wife Forgive? marked the first feature film appearance of actress Baby Marie Osborne (1911-2010), who went on to become one of the most popular child stars of the 1910s before retiring from the screen in 1919. Beginning in the 1930s, Osborne variously acted in minor roles and was a stand-in for Ginger Rogers before becoming a studio costumer and wardrobe supervisor. One of her last credited films was The Godfather Part II (see entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
13 Nov 15
p. 1033.
Moving Picture World
30 Oct 1915
p. 992.
MPN
6 Nov 15
p. 118.
MPN
13 Nov 15
p. 5, 82, 89
MPN
31 Jul 15
p. 77.
MPW
6 Nov 15
p. 1084, 1155
NYDM
6 Nov 15
p. 34.
NYDM
13 Nov 15
p. 36.
Variety
6 Nov 15
p. 22.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Lady of Perfume
Release Date:
8 November 1915
Copyright Claimant:
Equitable Motion Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
29 October 1915
Copyright Number:
LU6883
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Jack Holmes and his former schoolmate, Alfred Bedford, visit a dance hall where Bedford's sweetheart La Belle Rose works. A strong attraction develops between Jack and Rose, and before long Jack is neglecting his devoted wife Mary to spend time with the seductive entertainer. Despondent over her husband's waning affections, Mary takes her mother to the theater where she spies Jack with Rose. Pretending to be a newspaper reporter, Mary gains entrance into Rose's apartment, answers her telephone and hears Jack's voice on the other end, thus confirming all her suspicions. Devastated by the truth of Jack's marital status, Rose decides to kill herself and tries to goad Jack into a suicide pact. At this moment Bedford, who has been hiding in the room, reveals himself, pistol in hand, and confronts Jack. Rose is shot in the ensuing tussle, but both men escape arrest. Begging for forgiveness, Jack returns home, but is sent away by Mary to ponder his sins ... +


Jack Holmes and his former schoolmate, Alfred Bedford, visit a dance hall where Bedford's sweetheart La Belle Rose works. A strong attraction develops between Jack and Rose, and before long Jack is neglecting his devoted wife Mary to spend time with the seductive entertainer. Despondent over her husband's waning affections, Mary takes her mother to the theater where she spies Jack with Rose. Pretending to be a newspaper reporter, Mary gains entrance into Rose's apartment, answers her telephone and hears Jack's voice on the other end, thus confirming all her suspicions. Devastated by the truth of Jack's marital status, Rose decides to kill herself and tries to goad Jack into a suicide pact. At this moment Bedford, who has been hiding in the room, reveals himself, pistol in hand, and confronts Jack. Rose is shot in the ensuing tussle, but both men escape arrest. Begging for forgiveness, Jack returns home, but is sent away by Mary to ponder his sins alone. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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