Frontier of the Stars (1921)

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This romantic melodrama did not make good use of the subtler acting talents of handsome leading man Thomas Meighan. Buck Leslie (Meighan) is a gangster who is embroiled in a barroom brawl and mistaken for a killer. He climbs to a rooftop in order to evade the police and finds Hilda Shea, an innocent, wheelchair-bound girl (Faire Binney). Hilda's sheltered life consists of her tenement home and its rooftop. Leslie easily convinces the girl that he is merely playing a game and she willingly sends the pursuing cops away. A friendship develops between the crook and the invalid, and it brings out the best in Leslie. Her goodness inspires him to give up his underworld life and earn an honest living. The gang, angered at his defection, tries to frame him. They involve him in an explosives purchase, and he is only saved from the subsequent raid because he is visiting Hilda. The explosives set fire to the tenement, and Hilda is miraculously able to leave her wheelchair. Leslie comes to her rescue and brings her down from the roof. His heroics win the girl's heart and his own freedom.

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arrest, bad-guy-turns-good, detective, escape, friendship, gangster, hideout, invalid, invasion, police, refuge, rescue, sister