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

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

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Referenced in Valentino (1977) See more »

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Tawdry tale of blackmailers in high society- Valentino steals the film.

This is a rather unremarkably plotted film about a philandering second wife of a wealthy society man who plans to join forces with a gigolo to extort money from her husband and then flee with her lover. Kathleen Kirkham does well as the plotting wife, Vera Sisson less well as the daughter who must ultimately choose marriage with the gigolo to keep her father from a prison sentence. The film is however skewed in that Valentino plays the gigolo - he is so suave, so debonair and sure of himself in only his second year in Hollywood that he is simply the most interesting character in the film, making us root for the villain and not give a hoot about the protagonists. The film was held out of release and retitled after Valentino had won stardom (1921)as FRIVOLOUS WIVES. It is not worth going out of your way for unless you are a fan of Valentino's as it demonstrates his talent and grasp of the medium from the start of his career. The video print I saw was assembled from three sources and includes many tinted scenes.


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