A Wide-Open Town (1922)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |  
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Handsome Conway Tearle stars in this crime drama. Even from childhood, Billy Clifford (Jerry Devine) has shown a streak of good -- he saved another boy (Bobby Connelly) by taking the rap for a crime and wound up in reform school himself. Now, as an adult (played by Tearle), Clifford is a gambler, but he's the only one in town who plays fair and square. This still doesn't win any points with Mayor Morely (James Seeley) when Clifford falls in love with his daughter, Helen (Faire Binney). But then Helen is kidnapped by Clifford's partner to keep his gambling hall from being raided. Clifford comes to the rescue, but he has to kill a man to save Helen. Although Clifford has now won Morely's admiration, it looks like he will still wind up in prison for life. But Governor Talbot (John P. Wade) -- who was the boy he had saved so many years before -- gives him a pardon.

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rescue, establishment [business], gambling, owner, mayor, sweetheart, kidnapping, going-straight