Girl in His Room (1922)

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Although Alice Calhoun had recently scored in The Angel of Crooked Street, her next picture was this wispy mystery. Calhoun plays Myra Pendleton, who was sent away to be raised after her mother died in childbirth. Now that she's a young woman, her father wants her to return, but instead of simply welcoming her back, he pretends to be the Pendleton Family attorney, who presents her with a lovely home. But the house actually belongs to Kirk Waring (Warner Baxter), who has been abroad. Waring returns to find that he's been swindled out of both house and fortune. He recalls that some bonds were left in a wall safe, and he breaks into his own home to retrieve them. But he's no cat burglar, and he wakes up Myra; once she realizes who he is, she allows him to escape. The two eventually join forces to find out how she wound up with his house, but by the time they discover that the culprit was Myra's father, who gave her the home out of guilt, Waring refuses to prosecute, since the man is now his father-in-law.

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con/scam, daughter, greed, inheritance, rags-to-riches, robbery