The Law of Men

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The Law of Men
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Directed by Fred Niblo
Produced by Thomas H. Ince
Written by Ella Stuart Carson
John Lynch
Starring Enid Bennett
Niles Welch
Cinematography George Barnes
Edited by W. Duncan Mansfield
Distributed by Paramount Pictures / Artcraft
Release dates
  • April 27, 1919 (1919-04-27)
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Law of Men is a 1919 American silent drama film directed by Fred Niblo.[1]

Plot[edit]

As described in a film magazine,[2] Laura Dayne (Bennett), an ambitious young sculptress courted by neighboring young artist Denis Connors (Welch), has limited contact with the social world and knows little of the "law of men" and so unsuspicious when decadent architect Jamison Keene (MacDonald) lures her to the Tarrytown Inn one night with a promise to consummate her dream of having her work in a municipal building. Keene had recently had the artist paint a miniature of Mildred Wade (Matthews), the foolish wife of Laura's dear friend Benton Wade (Robson). Laura goes to the Tarrytown Inn and into the trap set for her. Keene uses all of his disarming wiles in vain as Laura puts up such a struggle that the Inn management forces Keene to release her. Overwhelmed by the sense of her own folly, she goes to the artist and tells her story. In fury Denis goes to the Inn, but is ejected by the house detectives for using threatening language. He returns to his rooms and suggests marriage as the only way to protect Laura. She accepts, and just after the ceremony Denis is arrested for the murder of Keene. At the trial Benton Wade, motivated also by his hatred of the spoiler of his own home, makes an impassioned defense of the innocent young man, but fails. Benton then becomes a victim of fear as Laura traces step by step his guilt for the crime and confronts him with the evidence. At the sentencing hearing Benton confesses his guilt and then drinks poison, leaving the young artist and his devoted wife whose intelligence saved him.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "New York Times: The Law of Men". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  2. ^ Harrison, Louis Reeves (May 24, 1919). "Reviews and Advertising Aids: The Law of Men". Moving Picture World (New York City: Chalmers Publishing Company) 40 (8): 1221, 1223. Retrieved 2014-09-11. 

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