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In This Our Life

In This Our Life(1942)

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Asa Timberlake has lost his money to William Fitzroy, his former partner in the tobacco business. His wife Lavinia, William's sister, and he have two daughters: Roy, who is married to Dr. Peter Kingsmill, and Stanley, engaged to be married to lawyer Craig Fleming. The selfish Stanley is the favorite of her uncle William, who showers her with expensive presents. The night before her wedding, Stanley runs off with Roy's husband. Roy wastes no time mourning, but continues with her decorating business and divorces Peter, leaving him free to marry Stanley. Sometime later, Roy encounters Craig in the park, and they begin to seeing each other. Craig hires Parry Clay, the son of the Timberlake maid, Minerva, to work in his law office to help Parry put himself through law school. William offers to make Craig his attorney if he will drop certain poorer clients, and when Craig refuses, Roy agrees to marry him as soon as possible. Meanwhile, in Baltimore, Stanley's marriage deteriorates: she spends too much money and Peter drinks too much. Finally, in desperation, Peter commits suicide, and Roy travels to Baltimore to bring her sister home. As soon as Stanley recovers, she resolves to win back Craig's affections. She visits Craig's office under the pretext of wanting information about Peter's insurance policy. Learning that Stanley wants money to leave town, Craig offers to arrange a loan. Stanley then asks him to dinner at a local tavern. When he does not appear, Stanley gets very drunk. Driving too fast, she hits and kills a child. Stanley's car is recognized, but when the police question her, she claims that Parry was driving her car that night and that he must have committed the crime. Roy is suspicious, however, and learns from Minerva that Parry was at home on the evening in question. Roy is convinced that Stanley is lying, but Craig is still unsure. He tricks Stanley into facing Parry, who is now in jail, but she still refuses to tell the truth. Craig reminds her that she had invited him to the tavern and when he tells her that he questioned the bartender, Stanley breaks down. Craig insists on taking her to the district attorney, but Stanley, under the guise of changing her clothes sneaks out. She drives to William's and begs him to save her from jail. William, who has just learned that he has only six months to live, is too stunned by the news to pay attention to his niece, however. The police, who have been summoned by Craig, arrive at the house and Stanley once again tries to escape. The police see her and chase the car. During the chase, Stanley crashes the car and dies.