The racy William Hurlbut play +The Strange Woman was toned down to make this romantic Shirley Mason vehicle. When small-town resident John Hemmingway (Theodore Von Eltz) travels to wicked Paris to study architecture, he meets Inez de Pierrefond, a young widow (Shirley Mason). He falls in love with her and when he has to return to America he proposes, but much to his surprise, she turns him down. Because of her unhappy marriage, she no longer believes in the institution; on top of that, she's actually the author of a scandalous novel about free love. She manages to convince Hemmingway to bring her to the States without a marriage certificate. The folks in his small town have equally small minds and they do not welcome their freethinking guest. Inez notes all the hypocrisy around her and threatens to expose it unless she is left alone. Finally, Hemmingway's nice, old-fashioned mother is able to talk some sense into Inez and she agrees to marry her sweetheart.
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