Happiness of Three Women (1917)

Constance, the beautiful wife of Mark Barr, is in fear of her husband's jealousy. Among the guests at their reception are Myrtle Gale and her fiancé, Billy Craig, to whom Constance was at ... See full summary »
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Cast overview:
House Peters ... Billy Craig
Myrtle Stedman ... Constance Barr
Larry Steers ... Mark Barr (as L.W. Steers)
Daisy Jefferson Daisy Jefferson ... Myrtle Gale
William Hutchison ... Judas Fletcher (as William Hutchinson)
Lucille Ward Lucille Ward ... Mary Fletcher
Milton Brown Milton Brown ... Monck
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Constance, the beautiful wife of Mark Barr, is in fear of her husband's jealousy. Among the guests at their reception are Myrtle Gale and her fiancé, Billy Craig, to whom Constance was at one time engaged. Mark misinterprets a friendly chat between the two and forbids Billy to visit his house. Myrtle goes to the city, and is to return on an early evening train, on which Constance also expects her husband. Both are delayed and Constance persuades Billy, who has come to meet Myrtle, to take her for a ride in his new car. They lose their way and are out nearly all night. Constance is beset with fear at her husband's anger. Billy takes Constance to an inn for a bite to eat and they discover it is a notorious roadhouse. On their way out of the grounds, lightning strikes a tree which falls in the road as another automobile, driven by Fletcher, cashier of the bank, approaches. Monck, watchman at the bank, learning that Fletcher has gone out, breaks open the safe and takes a large sum of ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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18 January 1917 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Myrtle Stedman displays great physical charm and fine acting ability
17 November 2014 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

There are three heroes, as well as a trio of heroines, in the Oliver Morosco photoplay, "The Happiness of Three Women." The theme, for this reason, is unique, and Albert Payson Terhune, the author, has dovetailed the different interests together very deftly. In fact, the twists and turns of plot recall the workings of a French farce, and admiration for the neatness with which the dramatist gets his three sets of loving hearts in and out of trouble occasionally outweighs the human interest in the play. "The Happiness of Three Women" is not easy to classify. It starts off, apparently, as a comedy, an innocent enough motor ride taken by a married woman and a former sweetheart being the first complication. A note of real drama gets into it, however, when the husband of one of the other heroines is accused of robbing a bank, and the auto riders, who can prove an alibi for him, dare not speak for fear of compromising themselves. The result, which is never very much in doubt, admits of a number of clever complications before it is worked out to the satisfaction of all concerned and the three sets of loving hearts once more beat in happy unison. The success of the Terhune screen play depends largely upon the manner in which it is acted. This important point has been given due consideration by the producer. The air of good breeding and moral worth imparted to the characters played by House Peters, Myrtle Stedman, L.W. Steers and Daisy Robinson lend the right tone to the story, and Wm. Hutchinson and Lucille Ward as Judas, and Mary Fletcher are excellent as an amusing but highly respectable married couple. To refer again to the two featured players, Myrtle Stedman displays great physical charm and fine acting ability as Constance Barr, and House Peters as Billy Craig is the embodiment of a clean- limbed, quick-brained, well-bred American. Milton Brown leaves a good impression by his work as Monck. The production is in keeping with the demands for generous and expert settings for the scenes. – The Moving Picture World, January 27, 1917


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