Alibi (1916)

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Paul Scardon both directs this drama and plays its villain. Arthur Mansfield (James Morrison) is an assistant cashier at a bank. When his father suffers severe financial setbacks, he's tempted to alter the books and steal some money, but his honesty prevails and he confesses to the cashier, Walter Slayton (Scardon). Slayton has some financial troubles of his own, and he decides to steal the bank's money and put the blame on Mansfield. When he sneaks into the bank at night, he is forced to kill the watchman. In his wake, he leaves a pile of evidence that points to Mansfield as the culprit, and the young man is arrested, found guilty, and sentenced to life imprisonment. Chamberlain, the bank's president (Robert Whitworth), makes his daughter Enid (Betty Howe) break off her engagement to Mansfield, but she's convinced he is innocent. She hires a private detective, who finds a letter that Slayton had written to his wife, confessing his guilt. Mansfield, meanwhile, breaks out of prison and goes to Slayton's home, just in time to see him commit suicide. The police accuse Mansfield of murdering him, too, until they are presented with the letter admitting Slayton's guilt. Mansfield gets his job back and reunites with Enid.