When American women received voting rights in 1920, Hollywood quickly capitalized on the headlines with films like Every Woman's Problem. Dorothy Davenport plays Clara Madison, a small-town woman who runs on a feminist platform and wins a judgeship. The chauvinist local newspaper goes out of its way to impugn Clara's reputation, whereupon her husband Grant Williams (Willis Robards, who also directed the film) threatens to kill the paper's editor. Shortly afterward, the editor <I>is</I> murdered by bootleggers. Grant is arrested and charged with the crime. Meanwhile, Clara has risen to the governor's office: it is up to her whether to pardon her husband or to send him to the gallows. On the verge of making the legally correct decision at the expense of her husband's life, Clara is spared her anguish when the real killer confesses. Every Woman's Problem was based on a story by playwright Hal Reid, whose movie-star son Wallace Reid was the husband of Dorothy Davenport.
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