Cast & Crew
A. Leslie Pearce
Gertrude Lennox, a dominating woman who controls every aspect of her household, is preparing a reception for famous novelist Philip Lord, who is to arrive shortly from England. Gertrude is also laying plans to marry Doris Bellamy, her ward and the sister of her first husband, to Victor Staunton. Staunton is a silly Englishman, however, and Doris loves reporter Gregory Brown, of whom Gertrude disapproves. Doris asks for advice from Gertrude's dissatisfied husband Harvey, and when he tells her to marry Gregory, she explains that if she marries without a relative's consent, she will lose a $100,000 estate. While Doris is mulling over her dilemma, Philip arrives, and Gertrude is at a loss for words for the first time in her life. Philip is actually Philip Bellamy, her first husband and Doris' brother, whom she believed to have died six years earlier. Philip had engineered an escape from his interfering wife in order to realize his longtime dream of becoming a writer. Now, having fulfilled his ambition under the pen name Lord, Philip has returned to declare that he still loves Gertrude. Learning of the situation, Harvey sees that it is an opportunity to escape his own marriage, for he also longs to gain freedom and self-expression. Harvey has to leave suddenly after hearing that his office building is on fire, and at the scene, he tries to disappear amidst the confusion. A policeman foils his plan, however, and returns him home while declaring that he was crazy for trying to enter the burning building. Realizing that they must cooperate in order to fulfill their ambitions, Philip helps Harvey by giving him his return ticket to England and the keys to his London apartment. Harvey tells Gertrude that he must investigate the damage wrought by the fire, and after he leaves, Philip receives a fake telephone call explaining that Harvey was seen entering the building just before it exploded, and is therefore presumed dead. Philip and Gertrude are now free to resume their marriage, and all ends well for Doris, who has obtained her brother's permission to marry Gregory.