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The working title for this film was Should a Wife Forgive? The scene in the film in which the car plunges over a cliff was shot at Taughannock Falls at Ithaca, ... More Less

The working title for this film was Should a Wife Forgive? The scene in the film in which the car plunges over a cliff was shot at Taughannock Falls at Ithaca, NY. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
13 Dec 19
p. 177.
Harrison's Reports
6 Dec 1919.
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MPW
30 Aug 19
p. 1340.
MPW
15 Feb 19
p. 948.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Cam
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The See-Saw: A Story of To-Day by Sophie Kerr (New York, 1919) The novel was serialized in McClure's Magazine in 1919.
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Should a Wife Forgive?
Release Date:
23 November 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
13 October 1919
Copyright Number:
LP14290
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,986
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Seductress Leila Templeton flirts with Harleth Crossey at his wife Marcia's dinner party. After the intoxicated Harleth takes a midnight drive with Leila, his next-day apologies fail to assuage Marcia's humiliation. Later, Harleth's secretary calls Marcia to say that he will not be home for dinner. When the maid warns Marcia that the chauffeur is crazily threatening to shoot her unless she marries him, Marcia tries to contact Harleth, but is told by a lying switchboard operator that he is with Leila. Harleth's subsequent tirade expressing a need for "personal liberty" drives Marcia to seek a divorce. Two years later, Harleth marries Leila. After she responds to his complaints about her flirting by asserting her "personal liberty," Otis Vale, whom Leila has driven nearly insane with her teasing, abducts her. His frenzied condition causes their automobile to tumble over a cliff, killing them both. When Harleth learns that "Mrs. Crossey" has died, he imagines it to be Marcia, and rushes to her. The relief he shows convinces her that their "invisible bond" is intact, and they ... +


Seductress Leila Templeton flirts with Harleth Crossey at his wife Marcia's dinner party. After the intoxicated Harleth takes a midnight drive with Leila, his next-day apologies fail to assuage Marcia's humiliation. Later, Harleth's secretary calls Marcia to say that he will not be home for dinner. When the maid warns Marcia that the chauffeur is crazily threatening to shoot her unless she marries him, Marcia tries to contact Harleth, but is told by a lying switchboard operator that he is with Leila. Harleth's subsequent tirade expressing a need for "personal liberty" drives Marcia to seek a divorce. Two years later, Harleth marries Leila. After she responds to his complaints about her flirting by asserting her "personal liberty," Otis Vale, whom Leila has driven nearly insane with her teasing, abducts her. His frenzied condition causes their automobile to tumble over a cliff, killing them both. When Harleth learns that "Mrs. Crossey" has died, he imagines it to be Marcia, and rushes to her. The relief he shows convinces her that their "invisible bond" is intact, and they reconcile. +

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

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