Fools First (1922)

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This crime thriller, "suggested by" the story by Hugh McNain Kahler, benefited from the fine directorial hand of Marshall Neilan. Tommy Frazer (Richard Dix) is one of a gang of crooks lead by "Tony the Wop" (Raymond Griffith). Frazer gets caught and is sent up the river for three years on a forgery rap. When he gets out of prison, he finds his girl, Ann Whittaker (Claire Windsor), waiting for him -- and she's got a scheme. She is working in a bank and wants to pull an inside heist. She and Frazer spend a year plotting out the robbery, which is successful. But Frazer has guilt pangs over what he has done and resolves to return the loot. On his way back with the box of money, he encounters his old gang, who steals it from him. Frazer and Ann go to the bank president, Denton Drew (Claude Gillingwater), and confess. But Drew reveals that he knew about their scheme, and the box held only plain paper. He forgives the wayward lovers, who decide to go straight.

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gangster, going-straight, murder, robbery