Confidence Man (1924)

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Wade (George Nash) is a promoter of fake oil stock who sends two of his men, Dan Corvan (Thomas Meighan) and Larry Maddox (Laurence Wheat), down to the small Florida town of Fairfield to make a sale to the miserly Godfrey Queritt (Charles Dow Clark). When Corvan discovers that Sunday school teacher Margaret Leland (Virginia Valli) is friends with the old man, he romances her. He also helps out the local charities and endears himself to the local folk. Corvan is too good at his tricks -- all this hard-won trust is turning him into an honest man. When a dying old lady gives him money and asks him to make restitution for her thieving son, he realizes he can't go through with Wade's swindle, and he breaks with his boss to go straight. When he confesses to Margaret that he is not worthy of her, she says that she loves him anyway and the couple is united.

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bad-guy-turns-good, con/scam, inheritance, love, marriage, millionaire, rescue, romance, seduction, stock-market, teacher