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The Woman in Red

The Woman in Red(1935)

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Shelby Barrett, a prize-winning equestrienne, competes for the stables of a snobbish society woman named Nicko Nicholas. Shelby's strongest challenger is Eugene Fairchild, a wealthy horseman who rides his own entries and is in love with Shelby. When Johnny Wyatt, an upperclass gigolo, visits Nicko, he, too, falls in love with Shelby. Nicko, jealous of Johnny's interest in Shelby, fires her, which only encourages the couple to marry. Johnny takes Shelby home to Wyattsville, where she is coldly received by his family, who look down on the working class. Shelby attempts to establish Johnny in business, and goes to Eugene to borrow money to open a stable. Eugene invites her to a party on his yacht, during which Shelby witnesses the accidental drowning of a guest named Olga. Eugene is arrested for murder, and Shelby, afraid of scandal, withholds her testimony. When she finally testifies to Eugene's innocence, she is discredited and accused of adultery. The Wyatts defend her, but it is only to protect the family name. Eugene proposes she divorce Johnny and marry him, but she admits that she still loves her husband. Despite the pressures, Johnny forgives Shelby and chooses her love over his family's acceptance.