Going Crooked was based on the stage play by Winchell Smith, William Collier Sr. and Aaron Hoffman. An armored car driver has been killed in a robbery, and an innocent man (Leslie Fenton) has been charged with the murder. DA John Banning (Oscar Shaw) suspects a frame-up, but the only person he is able to haul into jail is Marie (Bessie Love), a minor member of the robbery gang. Realizing that Marie was forced into a life of crime, Banning promises to go easy on her if she'll help him trap the real murderer, gang leader Mordaunt (Gustav von Seyfertitz). Marie nearly loses her own life in the process, but the film comes to its anticipated conclusion as the innocent boy is saved from the Chair just as the switch is being pulled.
by Hal Erickson synopsis