Daughters of Desire (1929)

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When widowed attorney Richard Tucker refuses to defend bootlegger Julius Molnar in court, the latter swears revenge. Tucker pays no heed to Molnar, concentrating instead on his impending marriage to his secretary Irene Rich. After his release from prison, the bootlegger begins his campaign of vengeance by leading Tucker's beloved daughter Janet Vale astray. After a wild night on the town, Molnar tries to have his way with Vale in a secluded park. A shot rings out, and Molnar falls dead -- just as Rich drives up in her limousine. Sizing up the situation, Rich tells Vale to beat it, and sticks around until the cops arrive. Taking full responsibility for the shooting, Rich willingly goes to prison, refusing to allow Tucker to defend her in court. Only in the film's final moments does Tucker find out the reason for Rich's self-imposed martyrdom.

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bootlegging, confession-false, daughter, lawyer, love, marriage, murder, revenge, secretary, self-sacrifice