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The Married Virgin (1918)

An already engaged young woman is blackmailed into marrying a count in order to save her father from imprisonment.


(as Joe Maxwell)


(screenplay), (story)

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Cast overview:
Vera Sisson ...
Count Roberto di San Fraccini (as Rodolfo di Valentini)
Frank Newburg ...
Douglas McKee
Kathleen Kirkham ...
Mrs. McMillan
Edward Jobson ...
John McMillan
Anne Mullins, the Maid


In order to save her wealthy father from disgrace and a possible prison sentence, a daughter agrees to marry the gigolo who's been blackmailing him. What the daughter doesn't know, however, is that the gigolo is actually in cahoots with her father's new wife, a conniving schemer who plans to fleece her new husband for everything he has, then flee the country with her lover. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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December 1918 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Frivolous Wives  »

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Re-released in 1920 and re-titled "Frivolous Wives" to cash in on Rudolph Valentino's newfound popularity. See more »


Referenced in Hollywood: Swanson and Valentino (1980) See more »

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Delightfully sinister..
18 October 2015 | by (Deutschland) – See all my reviews

Rare, earlier Rudy Valentino film from 1918, and one where Rudy gets to play a truly evil character. As the Count Roberto Di Fraccini, he is a fortune hunting gigolo, who uses his sex appeal to seduce a young virgin into becoming his wife. He cares nothing for the innocent girl, but has an eye on her vast inheritance. When blackmailing her father doesn't work, the Count and his lover, (the young girl's mother-in law no less!) devise an evil plan.

High drama, broken hearted damsels, and villains; it's what the Great Era of Silent Cinema was all about. Valentino might have shown more brightly in later, more high profile films like "Four Horsemen of the Apocalaypse" and "Blood & Sand," but here is a chance to see him in a more stark, and edgy performance. It's wonderful that this early film has survived through the years, and has even had a DVD release. "The Married Virgin" is absolute essential viewing For Valentino fans. Another reviewer commented on the 'choppy script' and inconsistencies, but I saw none. Maybe this person saw a different, or incomplete cut of the film. I thought this was near perfect..and it took years for me to acquire this title, but it was worth the effort.

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