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Because his father, Lord Grenham, spends more time philandering with attractive women than conducting business, Willie Tatham is forced to interrupt his honeymoon with his wife Margot in the south of France and return to London to get his father to sign an important contract. While Margot, an actress, goes to a small resort where she will not be recognized, Kitty Lake, one of the young women Lord Grenham pursues, flirts with Willie. Two weeks pass and when Willie tells Margot on the telephone that he must stay in town, she threatens to engage in a violent flirtation with the next attractive man she sees. Karl von der Heide, from Vienna, who is waiting to use the telephone, overhears her and begins a flirtation. She identifies herself to him as Mrs. Margaret Spaulding, and they pursue the beginnings of a romance until Margot suddenly returns home. She arrives unexpectedly at a club where Willie has gone with Kitty, and, just as he kisses Kitty for the first time, Margot sees them and leaves in a huff. Back home, Lord Grenham, who blames his son for allowing his wife to catch him, tries to convince Margot that the kiss was innocent, and that if she had enjoyed her freedom from him while she was in France, she might be able to understand and forgive Willie now. Margot refuses to be assuaged. Karl, who overheard Margot mention Lord Grenham's name while on the telephone, looks him up and asks about Margaret Spaulding. Realizing that the woman in question is Margot, Lord Grenham invites Karl to his house in the country for the weekend and then tells Margot that a young friend named von der Heide is coming. Margot anxiously rushes to the train station to convince Karl to go away, but Karl has decided to drive. He stops Willie to ask directions, and when he talks about meeting "Margaret" and kissing her passionately in the garden at Juan des les pins, Willie realizes he is speaking about his wife. Margot overhears them and writes a note to Karl pleading for him not to recognize her. In compliance, Karl acts like he has never met Margot, shocking both Willie and Lord Grenham. Karl announces he will return to Vienna, and Willie, after apologizing to Margot, who remains cold, decides to accompany Karl as far as London, hoping that time will heal his dispute with Margot. First, however, Karl demands to meet with Margot late that evening in the garden. Lord Grenham overhears her apologize to Karl and explain that, although she wanted to stay with him that night in Juan des les pins, she was afraid. When she returned, she meant to tell Willie, but found him involved in a similar dalliance. Karl graciously agrees to go back to London. Lord Grenham then awakens Willie and browbeats him into confronting Margot. Willie apologizes, but when he offhandedly says that he thinks she was the woman at Juan des les pins, Margot shuts the balcony window on him. However, Willie convinces her that the important thing was not the dalliance, but the intent to return home and that had he been in the same position, he would have come back to her. They reconcile and Margot throws a kiss to Lord Grenham. The vicar, whom Lord Grenham had earlier called a "blooming old fool," confronts him about his insult, and Lord Grenham apologizes, saying, "Aren't we all."
Modern sources credit Walter Morosco as producer and Jack Whitehead as cameraman. In 1925, Famous Players-Lasky released A Kiss in the Dark, based on Frederick Lonsdale's play, directed by Frank Tuttle and starring Adolphe Menjou, Aileen Pringle and Lillian Rich (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.2894).