Capital Punishment (1925)

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The drama opens with a prologue in which an innocent boy (Eddie Phillips) is sent to the electric chair and executed before the governor (Joseph Kilgour) can get through to save him. The actual story involves a contention by George Harrington (Elliott Dexter) that he can have an innocent man convicted for murder. His friend Harry Phillips (Robert Ellis) takes him up on the bet, and they choose Dan O'Connor, a recently reformed crook (George Hackathorne) as the innocent party. O'Connor agrees because the men offer to pay him and he needs the money to help his mother (Mary Carr) and marry his sweetheart, Delia Tate (Clara Bow). So Phillips leaves town and O'Connor is arrested when he tries to pawn some items with Phillips' monogram. He is convicted of murdering Phillips on circumstantial evidence and sentenced to die. In the meantime, Phillips has been killed -- Harrington murdered him in a fight over Mona Caldwell (Margaret Livingston). Mona convinces Harrington to deny any involvement in the bet, and it looks like O'Connor will be executed. Mona's guilty conscience forces her to reveal the truth, thus saving O'Connor's life.