Synopsis by Janiss Garza
Because of the recent Tea Pot Dome scandal, oil fields were a big topic of discussion in early 1924. Even though this melodrama concerned a scandal of a different sort, its setting in the Texas oil lands gave it a timely feel. Unfairly given a dishonorable discharge from the army, Calvin Gray (Milton Sills) lands in Dallas, where he manages to win the trust of a jeweler and is able to sell a number of diamonds to the nouveau riche Briskows (Bert Woodruff and Josephine Crowell). He makes friends with the family, who have made their fortune in oil, and rescues their son, Buddy (John Roche), from the clutches of an adventuress known as the Suicide Blonde (Cissy Fitzgerald). The Briskows, in turn, help him prove false the charges that caused his dismissal from the army. Although Gray was involved with Barbara Parker (Alice Calhoun), when Allie, the Briskow daughter (Anna Q. Nilsson), saves him from a flood of burning oil, he discovers that he really loves her. Meanwhile, Buddy wins Barbara as his sweetheart.
danger, army, conflict, employment, family, fire, fortune [wealth], land, marriage, mercenary, officer, oil, oil-field, persecution, rags-to-riches, rescue, ruthlessness, scheme, sister, soldier, son, upward-mobility, vamp