On the promise of marriage, Sylvia Smith ( Alice Brady ), a simple girl from Lone Meadows, follows her lover to the city only to discover that he already has a wife. While wandering along the docks, Sylvia stumbles onto a suicide note written by Fitzhugh Castleton ( John Bowers ), a wealthy gentleman who has planted the note to avoid a loveless marriage. Rather than go back to Lone Meadows humiliated, Sylvia pays Crosby ( Herbert Barrington ), a convicted forger, to impersonate Castleton, forge his name in a marriage ceremony, then disappear. Once Sylvia installs herself in the Castleton mansion, Castleton returns from a sea voyage and, disguised by a long beard, hires on as the gardener. Castleton soon becomes enamoured of the impostor widow and she falls in love with him, but neither one will admit his deception to the other. When Crosby shows up and demands blackmail money, Sylvia slips away to the country. Through the jealous interference of Crosby's wife, Castleton discovers the truth about Sylvia and goes to Lone Meadows to marry her.
This 1917 romance/drama was produced by the World Film Company and starred Alice Brady. My search for this film found it listed as lost and all I can offer the reader is this brief film synopsis. Hopefully a copy of A Self-Made Widow survives and resurfaces for public viewing.
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