Wife Number Two (1917)

Drama | 29 July 1917

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HISTORY

Although Madame Bovary is not listed as the literary source for this film, the plot bears an unmistakable resemblance to Gustav Flaubert's 1857 novel and his character names were used in the script that was submitted to the Copyright ... More Less

Although Madame Bovary is not listed as the literary source for this film, the plot bears an unmistakable resemblance to Gustav Flaubert's 1857 novel and his character names were used in the script that was submitted to the Copyright Office. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
MPW
11 Aug 17
p. 991.
MPW
18 Aug 17
p. 1080, 1134
Variety
3 Aug 17
p. 25.
DETAILS
Release Date:
29 July 1917
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
29 July 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11149
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Bored by her country life and misunderstood by her parents, Emma Rolfe marries Dr. Charles Bovar, an older man whose dedication to his medical practice results in wifely neglect. To alleviate her growing loneliness, Emma enjoys the company of many of the young men from the village and eventually begins an affair with Rudolph Bulwer. Despite his proclaimed love for her, Rudolph deserts Emma on the night of their arranged elopement, and in her despair she steals some acid from her husband's medicine cabinet and goes to the river to commit suicide. While standing by the water, Emma changes her mind and resolves to confess to Charles and beg his forgiveness, but the river bank gives way under her feet and she drowns in the swift current. Although he has discovered Emma's love letters from Rudolph, Charles stoutly defends her honor in front of the townspeople and forgives her in his ... +


Bored by her country life and misunderstood by her parents, Emma Rolfe marries Dr. Charles Bovar, an older man whose dedication to his medical practice results in wifely neglect. To alleviate her growing loneliness, Emma enjoys the company of many of the young men from the village and eventually begins an affair with Rudolph Bulwer. Despite his proclaimed love for her, Rudolph deserts Emma on the night of their arranged elopement, and in her despair she steals some acid from her husband's medicine cabinet and goes to the river to commit suicide. While standing by the water, Emma changes her mind and resolves to confess to Charles and beg his forgiveness, but the river bank gives way under her feet and she drowns in the swift current. Although he has discovered Emma's love letters from Rudolph, Charles stoutly defends her honor in front of the townspeople and forgives her in his heart. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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