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The film was also known as Judge Not Thy Wife ... More Less

The film was also known as Judge Not Thy Wife . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
10 Apr 20
p. 2140.
MPN
6 Dec 19
p. 4122.
MPN
22 May 20
p. 4277.
MPW
21 Aug 20
p. 1428.
MPW
10 Apr 20
p. 301.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Judge Not Thy Wife
Release Date:
28 March 1920
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5-6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Upon learning from the lips of a dying friend that his dead wife had been unfaithful to him, respected physician Sylvester Lanyon, his illusions shattered, severs ties to his father Matthew and sweetheart Ella De Fries, Matthews' ward, and departs for London. A year passes, and Sylvester learns that Ella is pledged to marry scoundrel Roderick Usher, who has obtained the elder Lanyon's consent to the match by blackmail. Sylvester, concerned, foils the marriage by intercepting Roderick's forged check and orders him to leave the country. Returning home with Ella, Sylvester discovers that Roderick is actually Matthew's son, the child of the woman whom Matthew divorced when she ran away with another man. Realizing that his mother, wife, sweetheart and father have all transgressed, Sylvester finally accepts his own humanity and forgives Ella, thus embarking upon a new life of ... +


Upon learning from the lips of a dying friend that his dead wife had been unfaithful to him, respected physician Sylvester Lanyon, his illusions shattered, severs ties to his father Matthew and sweetheart Ella De Fries, Matthews' ward, and departs for London. A year passes, and Sylvester learns that Ella is pledged to marry scoundrel Roderick Usher, who has obtained the elder Lanyon's consent to the match by blackmail. Sylvester, concerned, foils the marriage by intercepting Roderick's forged check and orders him to leave the country. Returning home with Ella, Sylvester discovers that Roderick is actually Matthew's son, the child of the woman whom Matthew divorced when she ran away with another man. Realizing that his mother, wife, sweetheart and father have all transgressed, Sylvester finally accepts his own humanity and forgives Ella, thus embarking upon a new life of compassion. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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