The Common Law proved a major step upward in the career of Clara Kimball Young. Young plays a woman of wealth who is left penniless when her mother dies. Supporting herself as an illustrator's model, Young is forced to defend herself against a hotblooded Spanish artist (Paul Cappelani), and to briefly, and tearfully, distance herself from the man she truly loves. Based on a novel of the same title by Robert W. Chambers, The Common Law was filmed three times. The 1923 version starred Corinne Griffith, while the 1931 talkie adaptation top-billed Constance Bennett.
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