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The Divorcee (1919)

 |  Drama  |  20 January 1919 (USA)
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Cast overview:
E.J. Ratcliffe ...
Lord Frederick Berolles
Holmes Herbert ...
Naomi Childers ...
Kitty Beresford
John Goldsworthy ...
Horace Beresford
Joseph Kilgour ...
Robert Montgomery
Maude Turner Gordon ...
Harold Entwistle ...
Eugene Strong ...
Young Lord Mereston
Ricca Allen ...
Madame Claude


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The Divorcée (1919) -- Lost Silent
16 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

To make her parents happy, Betsy O'Hara ( Ethel Barrymore ) marries Lord Frederick Berolles ( E. J. Ratcliffe ), now becoming Lady Frederick. However her life is miserable due to his constant public insults after he sees her with her former fiancé, impoverished Sir Paradine Fuldes ( Holmes Herbert). Eventually she sacrifices her own reputation to save her indiscreet sister Kitty's ( Naomi Childers ) marriage, and Lord Frederick divorces her. Some years later in Monte Carlo, Lady Frederick, a much discussed, heavily indebted divorcée, becomes, through no encouragement of her own, the object of young Lord Charles Mereston's ( Eugene Strong ) infatuation, to the distress of his mother. Again Lady Frederick sacrifices her reputation, because of her friendly affection for Charles, by refusing to answer Lady Mereston's ( Maude Turner Gordon ) insults by producing letters that would damage the reputation of the late Lord Mereston. After Lady Frederick, to disillusion Charles, lets him watch her put on her morning make-up to emphasize the difference in their ages, Charles' uncle, the now wealthy Sir Paradine, finds out the truth about Lady Frederick and proposes.

This 1919 silent society/drama was produced by Metro Pictures Corporation with some filming on locations in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Based on the 1908 play, Lady Frederick by young Somerset Maugham, which had starred Ethel Barrymore on Broadway, she also starred in this film version. Sadly it now remains a lost silent film.

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