Fine Feathers (1921)

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This drama, based on the play by Eugene Walter, begins in a rather novel way -- the two leads are shown watching a play, Paid in Full, which was also written by Walter! The play's storyline promotes wealth at any cost, and the couple, Bob and Jane Reynolds (Eugene Pallette, surprisingly young and slim, and Claire Whitney), take this philosophy to heart. Reynolds meets up with an old college pal, James Brand (Warburton Gamble), and together they cheat the government by selling it an inferior cement to use on a dam project and keeping the difference for themselves. Jane has no idea that she and Bob are living in luxury because of his dishonesty, until he tells her he has gotten embroiled in even more trouble. Among other things, he has forged a check in Brand's name, so Jane gets a check from Brand to clear him. But Reynolds thinks that Jane has dishonored herself to get it, and he kills Brand, and then himself. Jane is comforted by Dick Mead, a sympathetic reporter (Thomas W. Ross). This play was filmed once before, in 1915.

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building, criminal, government, inspection, sentence [penal system], suicide