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A woman's lover is shot by a jealous competitor. Fearing scandal she begs for her husband's mercy but he throws her out, forbidding her to see her young son ever again. Falling into a sordid life, she finally faces the truth about her past as an unscrupulous gambler tries to extort money from her husband.
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- "Jacqueline Fleuriot (George) has been unfaithful to her husband (William), a noted lawyer. But when her lover is shot by a jealous competitor, Jacqueline fears a scandal and begs for her husband's mercy. He throws her out of the house and forbids her to see her young son ever again. She drifts into a dismal life of cheap drink and sordid affairs, but nothing can erase the memory of the life she left behind. When an unscrupulous gambler she meets hatches a plan to extort money from her husband, Jacqueline takes matters into her own hands with devastating consequences. She must finally face the truth about her notorious past, whatever the cost."
- "A woman's lover is shot by a jealous competitor. Fearing scandal she begs for her husband's mercy but he throws her out, forbidding her to see her young son ever again. Falling into a sordid life, she finally faces the truth about her past as an unscrupulous gambler tries to extort money from her husband."@en
- ""Jacqueline leaves her husband for another man, and when she returns to take care of her sick son, her husband flatly rejects her. She leaves without seeing the boy; and beginning her path on the downgrade, she meets and helps a cardsharp named Laroque. When they return to France, her home, Laroque decides that because of her name he can squeeze out a goodly sum from her. At the threat of blackmail, Jacqueline, in a rage, shoots him and is subsequently defended in court by her son, who does not know her true identity. In the final court scene, Jacqueline confesses, without using names, that she shot Laroque so as not to allow her son to discover her degrading life"--AFI catalog, 1921-1930."@en
- "(1937 version) A woman's lover is shot by a jealous competitor. Fearing scandal she begs for her husband's mercy but he throws her out, forbidding her to see her young son ever again. Falling into a sordid life, she finally faces the truth about her past as an unscrupulous gambler tries to extort money from her husband."@en
- "(1929 version) "Thrown out of her home by a jealous husband, a woman sinks into degradation. Twenty years later, she is charged with killing a man bent on harming her son. The son, unaware of who the woman is, takes the assignment to defend her in court."--Imdb.com."@en
- ""In Paris, Jacqueline Fleuriot regrets her recent affair with Jean Rochin and tells him she is breaking it off, but as she is about to leave his apartment, his jealous girl friend Annette breaks in and shoots him to death while Jacqueline is hiding on the balcony. Because the shots have attracted neighbors, Jacqueline runs away. That same night, her husband Bernard, a famous attorney, comes home to find her out for the evening and their son Raymond ill with a high fever. Bernard knows she is having an affair and confronts her when she returns, forcing her to leave their house at once, without seeing little Raymond, whom she has just learned has become ill. Ten days later, after Raymond has passed the crisis, Jacqueline returns secretly to see Raymond, but Bernard finds her and orders her out again. She only agrees when Bernard threatens to drag the facts of her infidelity through the courts, something which she knows will hurt the child. Weeks later, Maurice Doural, their close friend, convinces Bernard that he has been wrong and they attempt to find her, but she eludes the pursuit. After working as a governess called Miss Pran, Jacqueline sails to America with wealthy Hugh Fariman, Sr., but when they arrive in New York, she finds that he is married and leaves. Haunted by the past and visions of her son, she begins to drink and gradually sells all her jewels and even clothes to get by. In New Orleans, she gets a job singing for Scipio, the owner of a cheap dive, but is fired and again wanders for many years until she meets the cardsharp Lerocle in a South American hotel. Lerocle, who wants Jacqueline to front for him, learns her secret when she rambles about the past while drunk. Meanwhile, Raymond has grown into a young man, become an attorney and is happily engaged to Helene, a wealthy girl. Lerocle travels to France with Jacqueline, who soon realizes that he intends to blackmail Bernard. Desperate to stop Lerocle from hurting Bernard and Raymond, she kills him. By coincidence, Raymond is appointed her attorney, but is unable to learn anything from her, even her name. During her trial, Bernard recognizes her, but before he can say anything, she interrupts and in a veiled way before the court she lets Bernard know that she does not want Raymond to know that she is alive and does not want to be saved. When she realizes that Raymond is her defense attorney, she gently touches his hand as he pleads her case by indicting the unnamed husband whose harsh verdict caused her downfall. While her case is deliberated, Jacqueline collapes and dies, taking her secret with her, but happy in the knowledge that Raymond grew into a fine young man. After her death, Raymond tells his father, 'she was a wonderful woman, whoever she was'"--AFI catalog, 1931-1940."@en
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- "Madame X"
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- "Madame X (Motion picture : 1929)"@en
- "Madame X (Motion picture : 1937)"@en