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Morals for Men

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Morals for Men
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Directed byBernard H. Hyman
Written byPhilbin Stoneman
Andrew Percival Younger
Based onThe Lucky Serum
by Gouverneur Morris
StarringConway Tearle
Agnes Ayres
Alyce Mills
CinematographyRoland Price
Edited byJames C. McKay
Distributed byTiffany Pictures
Release date
  • November 16, 1925 (1925-11-16)
Running time
8 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Morals for Men is a 1925 American silent drama film directed by Bernard H. Hyman and starring Conway Tearle, Agnes Ayres, and Alyce Mills.[1] It is based upon the novel The Lucky Serum by Gouverneur Morris.[2]


As described in a review in a film magazine,[3] Joe (Tearle) and Bessie (Ayres), living in defiance of the moral code, have sank to the depths. Bessie, believing Joe has taken their meagre savings, leaves him and becomes a manicure, finally marrying a wealthy chap who turns out to be stingy and grouchy. Joe saves Marion (Mills), a rich girl, from drowning and eventually makes good as a civil engineer and marries her. Eventually Joe and Bessie meet and Joe, in helping her to keep her secret, incurs Marion's jealousy. Bessie is blackmailed by a former acquaintance and, in desperation, decides to tell everything to her husband, but to aid Joe she accuses Wallace (Miljan), with whom Marion is preparing to go away. Finally, Joe and Marion are reconciled, but Bessie learns that the world never forgives a woman who sins even when she has reformed, and she decides to end it all.



A complete print of Morals for Men is in the collection of the Library of Congress.[4]


  1. ^ Connelly p. 388
  2. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: Morals for Men at
  3. ^ Sewell, Charles S. (December 5, 1925). "Through the Box Office Window: Morals for Men; Conway Tearle and Agnes Ayres in Interesting Story Dealing with Double Standard of Morals". The Moving Picture World. New York City: Chalmers Publishing Co. 77 (5): 482. Retrieved October 16, 2021.
  4. ^ Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Database: Morals for Men


  • Robert B. Connelly. The Silents: Silent Feature Films, 1910-36, Volume 40, Issue 2. December Press, 1998.

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