Wealthy American widow Elizabeth Carter ( Ethel Barrymore ) plans to marry the Earl of Dettminster ( Dudley Hawley ) when lawyer Augustus Tucker ( Ernest Stallard ) informs her of a codicil in her late husband's will. The Carter fortune will go to nephew Pitney Carter ( Alfred Kappler ), who is in love with Elizabeth, if her second husband is not an American. Elizabeth therefore pays penniless playwright Jasper Mallory ( Irving Cummings ) $50,000 to marry her and schemes with actress Mme. Albani ( Pearl Browne ) to provide grounds for divorce so that she may then make the earl her third husband. The plan backfires when Jasper's play is a success and Elizabeth finds herself falling in love with him. Tucker admits to forging the codicil to enhance Pitney's chances with Elizabeth. As Jasper and Elizabeth announce their plans to remain married, a telegram arrives with news that Mme. Albani and the earl have wed.
This 1917 comedy was from the play An American Widow by Kellett Chambers, produced by Metro Pictures Corporation and starred Ethel Barrymore. The survival status of An American Widow is listed as unknown, sadly suggesting it now remains a lost silent film.
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