Robert Hyde ( Robert Warwick ) is a confirmed bachelor who has sworn never to marry. Not even the pleading of his two close friends, the pastor ( Edward Kimball ) and the lawyer ( Frank McGlynn ) , will move him. But an automobile accident brings Clarice ( Elaine Hammerstein ) to his home and during her recovery, she and Robert fall in love. After their wedding, Clarice's happiness is marred by Robert's preoccupation with hunting and fishing. The pastor then advises her that she will never know real happiness until she has children. Shortly after this, Clarice's aunt, Mrs. Grosvenor ( Valentine Petit ), brings a large party of friends to the Hyde estate for a visit. They all plan to give a performance of William Shakespeare's Othello for charity, but Count Vinzaglio ( George Flateau ) annoys Robert by his lovemaking scenes with Clarice. After a startling dream in which Robert's Othello kills Clarice's Desdemona, Robert finds the count making advances in earnest, and throws him out. Robert then begins to pay more attention to his wife and soon Clarice finds herself pregnant and happy.
This 1917 silent drama was produced by Robert Warwick Film and Harry Rapf Productions, with filming on locations at Billings Estate, Curles Neck Farm, Richmond, Virginia. Sadly, The Mad Lover may now be a lost silent film.
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