Synopsis by Sandra Brennan
This gripping crime drama is based on the true story of the events surrounding the destruction of New York City's Knickerbocker bank, the results of which caused a major panic in 1907. The trouble began when the institution's banker president is arrested for embezzling and manipulating the money, thereby causing the bank to fold. His good wife tries to find bail, but suddenly all of her friends snub her. She becomes so desperate that she hocks her jewels and then goes to a lawyer who posts bond. The attorney, who has loved the wife for years, then uses all of his own money to get her jewelry back. Planning to escape to South America with his wife, the husband returns home, but when he sees that the lawyer is there he goes berserk with rage and forces his wife to choose between himself and the lawyer. The wife rips up one of the tickets and the banker jumps bail. Though he knows that the banker will ruin him financially by fleeing, the lawyer refuses to rat on the banker because he doesn't want his beloved to suffer further ostracism and embarrassment. Later, the banker gets his at the hands of a bankrupted depositor. Learning that she is a widow, the lawyer is free to marry the good wife and romantic bliss ensues.
arrest, bail, bank, bank-personnel, bankruptcy, bonds [investments], desperation, escape, family-tragedy, finances, fugitive, husband, killing, lawyer, loot, love, love-triangle, opal, pawnbroker, rage, ticket, widow/widower, wife