Successful engineer Andrew Forrester ( Conway Tearle ) declines a business offer, which would earn him two million dollars, but requires long separations from his wife Amy ( Anita Stewart ). However, when he visits the country home of his prospective employer, Maurice Delabarre ( Edwin Arden ), the magnificence of Delabarre's estate so dazzles Andrew that he accepts the offer, bids his wife farewell and departs for Colorado. In his absence, Amy falls under the influence of Delabarre's wife Irma ( Hedda Hopper ), a social butterfly who is very desirous of winning Andrew. Encouraged by Irma , Amy foolishly throws herself into the gaieties of the social set, even flirting with other men. Irma then writes Andrew of Amy's exploits, whereupon the distressed husband returns home and demands his wife's presence out West. A near tragedy involving little Bobby Delabarre ( Thomas Carr ) brings Amy to her senses, and she finally follows her husband to Colorado.
This 1918 drama produced by Anita Stewart and Louis B. Mayer is another tragic loss for fans of silent cinema. The film also starred popular and accomplished actor Conway Tearle and future gossip columnist Hedda Hopper billed as Mrs. DeWolf Hopper. Based on the novel of the same name by Owen Johnson, one can only hope a copy of this film, Virtuous Wives, survives and resurfaces.
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