Eugene Aram (1914)

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Jack Leigh portrays Eugene Aram, a poverty-stricken 18th-century scholar. In dire straits, Aram plans to murder a wealthy man. Arriving at his potential victim's home, he finds that another murderer has beaten him to it. When Aram later inherits some money, suspicions arise that he has killed to attain the windfall. Thus it is that Eugene Aram is executed for a crime he didn't commit--a denouement that, curiously, is a happy one, given a last-minute plot twist. American distribution of this British adaptation of Edgar Bulwer Lytton's novel was scotched when the Edison Company produced a rival Eugene Aram in 1915.

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criminal, English [nationality], scholar