Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein
In one of her valiant but unsuccessful attempts to escape the serial grind, action heroine Ruth Roland played Ruth Craig whose wasteful ways almost ruin her family. Although in love with aviator/inventor Grant Elliot (Earl Schenk), Ruth falls in with the wrong crowd and is soon accused of embezzlement. The first of three modest films directed by Tod Browning for lowly FBO in 1924, Dollar Down was shelved because of its poor quality. The plodding melodrama was finally dumped on an unsuspecting audience after Browning had scored with MGM's The Unholy Three (1925). Perennial chorus girl Toby Wing, later a fixture in Busby Berkeley musical extravaganzas, appeared in a bit part in Dollar Down.