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In her autobiography, Storyline: Recollections of a Hollywood Screenwriter , Lenore Coffee recounts that after seeing an ad that Clara Kimball Young was in need of a story, she wrote an original story, "The Better Wife," and sent it to Garson Studio. Two weeks later they said they would buy it. Some of the trade publications say that the film came from "The Love Quest," either a story, or a novel, or Lenore Coffee's "famous" novel. Coffee's recollections could be inaccurate. This film was shot at the Garson Studio in Los Angeles. According to a pre-production news item, additional cast members were to be Arthur Carew, Irving Carew, Elinor Hancock, H. G. Pennel, J. G. Underhill and John ... More Less

In her autobiography, Storyline: Recollections of a Hollywood Screenwriter , Lenore Coffee recounts that after seeing an ad that Clara Kimball Young was in need of a story, she wrote an original story, "The Better Wife," and sent it to Garson Studio. Two weeks later they said they would buy it. Some of the trade publications say that the film came from "The Love Quest," either a story, or a novel, or Lenore Coffee's "famous" novel. Coffee's recollections could be inaccurate. This film was shot at the Garson Studio in Los Angeles. According to a pre-production news item, additional cast members were to be Arthur Carew, Irving Carew, Elinor Hancock, H. G. Pennel, J. G. Underhill and John Steppling. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Bio
29 Jan 20
p. 54.
MPN
19 Jul 19
p. 783.
MPW
8 Mar 19
p. 1380.
MPW
21 Jun 19
p. 1821.
Wid's
13 Jul 19
p. 17.
DETAILS
Release Date:
13 July 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Select Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
21 June 1919
Copyright Number:
LP13888
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

While visiting her friend Helen Kingdon in England, Charmian Page develops a great affection for the child of Sir Richard Beverly, Helen's foster brother. Lady Beverly dies in a car crash on the way to see her lover and Little Dick is seriously injured. Charmian persuades her wealthy father to pay for the operation and hides the fact from Sir Richard, who does not have the money needed. The operation is a success and Charmian nurses Little Dick back to health. Sir Richard marries Charmian for the sake of his son, but remains aloof because of the memory of Lady Beverly. Charmian keeps quiet about the affair even when Sir Richard accuses her of marrying him for his title, but their breach temporarily makes Charmian begin to think of having an affair. After Charmian nurses Little Dick back to health during an illness, Helen tells Sir Richard about Lady Beverly's infidelity, and he begs forgiveness of Charmian, convinced now that she is the better ... +


While visiting her friend Helen Kingdon in England, Charmian Page develops a great affection for the child of Sir Richard Beverly, Helen's foster brother. Lady Beverly dies in a car crash on the way to see her lover and Little Dick is seriously injured. Charmian persuades her wealthy father to pay for the operation and hides the fact from Sir Richard, who does not have the money needed. The operation is a success and Charmian nurses Little Dick back to health. Sir Richard marries Charmian for the sake of his son, but remains aloof because of the memory of Lady Beverly. Charmian keeps quiet about the affair even when Sir Richard accuses her of marrying him for his title, but their breach temporarily makes Charmian begin to think of having an affair. After Charmian nurses Little Dick back to health during an illness, Helen tells Sir Richard about Lady Beverly's infidelity, and he begs forgiveness of Charmian, convinced now that she is the better wife. +

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