A Nine O'Clock Town (1918)

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David Clary (Charles Ray), fed up with the old-fashioned way his father is running the family dry-goods store, decides to go to New York to make good. Although he is but a tie clerk naive enough to be victimized by a burlesque actress (Catherine Young), he brags that he is a success and that his father has had him come home to run the store. This, David does with much fanfare, but in spite of the flashy exhibitions he executes, it still loses money. The burlesque show comes to town, and once again the actress tricks David; this time it's a badger game in which her husband demands five thousand dollars in hush money. David desperately puts on a sale at the store, but it's not making enough money to cover this amount; luckily the husband walks in and the corset model (Dorcas Mathews) recognizes him as her husband. As a result, the man is taken away to jail. A man who owns a chain of stores comes in and shows interest in buying the Clary business. David bluffs him into offering 75,000 dollars. So finally David makes good and wins the store clerk (Jane Novak) who secretly loved him all along.

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actor, blackmail, business, con/scam, husband, store, father