It is my ambition to add as many silent film synopsis of films that have a survival status of unknown or presumed lost. I try to do as much research as I can and it is not my intention to deceive anyone, for sometimes the film does exist and some presumed lost films are still being discovered. I am more than delighted if someone has knowledge of a film listed as lost but survives, as I wish all silent films did survive. I hope the reader enjoys this brief synopsis.
While in Europe, Chaddie Green ( Dorothy Devore ), a society girl, discovers that she has been left penniless. She returns to the United States and meets Duncan MacKail ( Herbert Rawlinson ), who is equally broke though he owns grain-land in the West. Duncan and Chaddie are married and go west to homestead. Duncan hires Ollie ( Gibson Gowland ), a Swedish caretaker, who frightens Chaddie. When business takes Duncan away, Chaddie goes to take care of Percy Woodhouse ( Leslie Stuart ), an Englishman who has become ill at his place fifteen miles away. Her horse runs away, and she is forced to spend the night there. She sleeps under a wagon, but Duncan is nevertheless angry and jealous. Chaddie moves Percy to her house in order to nurse him back to health and to use his presence to restrain the violent Ollie. Duncan leaves in a fit of jealousy, but he soon returns with Olga ( Frances Prim ), a servant, as a peace offering. Percy and Olga fall in love. Ollie hangs himself, leaving a note confessing to murderous instincts. Chaddie has a baby, and she and Duncan find happiness and prosperity in their prairie home.
This 1925 western/drama was based on the novel of the same name by Arthur Stringer, produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, starring Dorothy Devore, Herbert Rawlinson, Leslie Stuart, Frances Prim, Gibson Gowland and Boris Karloff. The survival status of The Prairie Wife is listed as presumed lost.
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