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The Make-Believe Wife
Director: John Stuart Robertson (Dir)
Release Date:   17 Nov 1918
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Cast: Billie Burke  (Phyllis Ashbrook)
  Alfred Hickman  (Roger Mason)
  Ida Darling  (Mrs. Ashbrook)
 

Summary: Phyllis Ashbrook hosts a party in the Adirondacks for her fiancĂ©, Roger Mason, and their engaged friends, John Manning and Anita Webb. In a climbing expedition, Phyllis and John are separated from the others by a storm and seek refuge in a cabin. To save her reputation, Phyllis' parents insist that she marry John immediately, after which they may obtain a divorce and marry their respective partners. After the ceremony, John leaves for China so as to provide grounds for divorce, but upon discovering that he has mistakenly taken his new wife's suitcase, he returns to his apartment, where he finds Phyllis. Anita and Roger arrive and confess their devotion to each other, and when John and Phyllis realize that they, too, are in love, the divorce plans are abandoned. 

Distribution Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corp.; Paramount Pictures
Production Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Director: John Stuart Robertson (Dir)
Producer: Adolph Zukor (Pres)
Writer: Adrian Gil-Spear (Adpt)
  Edward Childs Carpenter (Story)

Subject Major: Friendship
  Love
  Marriage--Arranged
  Reputation
 
Subject Minor: Adirondack Mountains
  Divorce
  Mountaineering
  Parties
  Storms
  Suitcases

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