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Should a Woman Divorce?
Director: Edward McKim (Dir)
Release Date:   26 Dec 1914
Duration (in reels):   5
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Cast:   Leonid Samoloff (Dr. Franklin)  
    Lea Leland (Grace Roberts)  
    Anna Lehr    
    Mabel Wright    
    Ordean Stark    
    Robert Taber    
    Frederic Roberts    
    Milton S. Gould    

Summary: Grace Roberts, the sensible daughter of a farmer, marries wealthy cattleman Edward Smith, who turns out to be a gambler, drinker and philanderer. Her only happiness is found in her daughter Vivian until Dr. Franklin, a former suitor, convinces her to run away with him. Certain that Smith will never agree to a divorce, they change their names and move to New York, posing as man and wife. Franklin becomes a famous surgeon and they have a child named Walter. Their happiness is interrupted, however, when Vivian becomes seriously ill and only Franklin can save her. Grace, assumed dead by Smith, is recognized, and the strain causes Franklin to go blind and die. Finally, Grace returns to her father's farm with both children. 

Production Company: Ivan Film Productions, Inc.  
Distribution Company: State Rights  
  Ivan Film Productions, Inc.  
Director: Edward McKim (Dir)
Producer: Ivan Abramson (Prod)
Writer: Ivan Abramson (Scen)
Country: United States

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Ivan Abramson. 17/12/1914 dd/mm/yyyy LU3982

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Genre: Drama
 
Subjects (Major): Desertion (Marital)
  Farm life
  Marriage--Common law
  Missing persons, Assumed dead
  Physicians
  Recognition
 
Subjects (Minor): Blindness
  Cattlemen
  Children
  Libertines
  Mothers and daughters

Note: Although contemporary sources did not list a director for this film, one news item stated that it was "staged by Edward McKim." McKim is listed in the 29 Jan 1916 MPSD under the name Edwin McKim as having directed other films for Ivan Film Productions and it is probably true that he directed this film. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Motog   26 Dec 14   p. 917.
MPN   19 Dec 14   p. 55, 108
MPW   19 Dec 14   p. 1693, 1748

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