This is an early 'talkie' and definately 'pre code,' before the Hays Office started censoring films in the U.S. This story is about a group of wealthy men and women, and their 'relations' with each other, and a murder wrap tossed in for good measure. Men in this movie are allowed and encouraged to have relations with many women, but the woman that they marry must be chaste. Of course, the women are just as adventurous as the men, they just need to be smarter and hide their infidelites.
Our movie opens with Steven Kennedy and Joan Manners on a cruise ship. Steven is asking Joan for the twentieth time if she will marry him. And she playfully turns him down once again. They met five days ago at the beginning of the cruise, and Steven fell madly in love with her on first sight. She wonders why such a successful lawyer never married, and he finally tells her while they are enjoying drinks in his stateroom. He tells the story of his friend who had a wife that ran away with another man, leaving his friend with a young baby girl. The man fell apart and couldn't care for his young baby, so Steven raised her on behalf of his friend and let her believe that she was Steven's kid sister. Joan is so touched by this lovely story that she agrees to marry Steven on the spot. Ahhh . . . . sounds like love is triumphant again. But not so fast.
The Actors: Conway Tearle, Irene Rich, Mary Carlisle
Directed by E. Mason Hopper