Acquitted (1916)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Wilfred Lucas plays a distinguished banker, falsely accused of murder. Though acquitted in court, Lucas' reputation is destroyed, and he force from his job. Like George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life, Lucas decides that he's worth more dead than alive; thus, he plans to kill himself so his family can collect his life insurance. Also like George Bailey, he is saved from this fate at the very last minute. With only one reel left, everyone puts in overtime to rush through a happy ending.

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bank-personnel, con/scam, courtroom, daughter, employment, false-accusation, family, insurance, investigation, killing, murder, starvation, suicide