Fair Lady (1922)

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This melodrama was based on Rex Beach's novel The Net. Countess Margherita (Betty Blythe) is a Sicilian girl who is about to be married, but Caesar Maruffi, the head of a criminal syndicate (Thurston Hall), wants her for himself. He arranges to have the bridegroom assassinated, and Norvin Blake, a young American (Robert Elliott), almost loses his life in his attempt to save him. Margherita is devastated by the death of her loved one and, like a true Sicilian, she swears vengeance. She travels to America, where she poses as a nurse in New Orleans. Once again she encounters Blake, who reveals that he loves her. Together they track down Maruffi and his syndicate, determined to bring them to justice. Blake and Maruffi battle it out with their fists, with Blake emerging victorious. Gladys Hulette almost steals the show from the leads in a supporting role as the spirited Myra Drew.

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con/scam, criminal, deception, employee, espionage, infiltration, investigation, love, romance, Secret-Service, victim