Saturday Night ★★½

Socialites Conrad Nagel and Leatrice Joy are engaged, mostly because everybody in their social set expects them to marry, and what else is there for them to do? Joy goes for a ride with her chauffeur, Jack Mower. He saves her from a train wreck, they declare their love and marry impulsively. Joy’s rich uncle disinherits her. At the same time, Nagle has been attracted by the pretty and lively daughter of his family’s laundress, Edith Roberts. Nagel and Roberts marry.

The mismatched couples soon become estranged. Joy lives in a small, inexpensively furnished apartment. She is repelled by the boorish manners of Mower and his friends. Roberts has lots of clothes and a luxurious home, but she is uncomfortable with Nagel’s rich family and is frequently shamed by them. Both Roberts and Mower realize their mistakes and get divorces. Soon, they marry and establish a happy family.

Nagel and Joy are not so quickly reconciled. Eventually, they realize that neither is happy living alone and that marriage is the only hope for happiness.

The moral is that individuals from different social classes cannot marry and expect that the persons moving to new life conditions will be able to happily and easily adjust to the changes.

The film is an early effort of director Cecil B. DeMille, many of his films at this time involved the relationships among people of different social classes.