The Eternal Three (1923)

A doctor's adopted son turns out to be an ungrateful whelp. He beds the doctor's maid, then his secretary, and finally targets the doctor's wife--his own stepmother--as his next conquest.

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Marshall Neilan (story), Carey Wilson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hobart Bosworth ... Dr. Frank R. Walters
Claire Windsor ... Mrs. Frank R. Walters
Raymond Griffith ... Leonard Foster
Bessie Love ... Hilda Gray
George Cooper ... Bob Gray
Tom Gallery ... Tommy Tucker
Helen Lynch ... Miriam Barnes
Alec B. Francis ... Dr. Steven Browning (as Alec Francis)
William Orlamond ... Hacienda Owner
Charles West Charles West ... Butler
Marion Aye ... Maid (as Maryon Aye)
William Norris William Norris ... Old Roué
James F. Fulton James F. Fulton ... Governor
Irene Hunt ... Governor's Wife
Peaches Jackson ... Governor's Child
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A doctor's adopted son turns out to be an ungrateful whelp. He beds the doctor's maid, then his secretary, and finally targets the doctor's wife--his own stepmother--as his next conquest.

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

23 September 1923 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Referenced in Souls for Sale (1923) See more »

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Physician, heal thyself

I'm going to trash this movie, but where do I start? Veteran character actor Hobart Bosworth plays a Park Avenue surgeon with a much younger wife (Claire Windsor). Doctor Walters has adopted a foster son; annoyingly, the foster son is named Foster. That's Raymond Griffith as Leonard Foster, the stepson. Griffith usually played dapper comedy roles; he's miscast here.

When the movie starts, Foster is already old enough to be out on his own, especially as he's a scoundrel. He seduces his stepfather's maid and secretary, then sets his sights on Dr Walters's wife, who is technically his own stepmother. Walters orders the young man out of his house (good move), but Foster promptly gets injured in an accident. Meanwhile, Dr Walters and his estranged wife get stuck in a lift, where they manage to reconcile. (I guess neither one of them has bladder trouble.)

SPOILERS COMING. When Dr Walters emerges, he learns that his stepson needs life-saving surgery ... and of course Dr Walters is the only surgeon who can perform it. Will he honour his oath, and save the life of the ungrateful stepson who betrayed him? Or will Dr Walters arrange a little 'accident' that will kill Leonard Foster? Hobart Bosworth performs his entire role in straight-arrow mode, so there's never any doubt. Nor much suspense, either. I'll rate this movie one point out of 10, mostly for its interesting cast. The script and direction are by Marshall 'Mickey' Neilan, but he did much better elsewhere.


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