Grand Larceny (1922)

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Back in 1922, grand larceny meant theft of anything more than 50 dollars. In this tale of domestic turmoil, however, it refers to the theft of a wife's affections. John Annixter (Elliott Dexter), an attorney, knows all the legal ins and outs. Because he spends so much time on his work, he allows his friends to keep his wife Kathleen (Claire Windsor) company. But Kathleen is a pretty, flirtatious Southern belle and one man, Barry Clive (Lowell Sherman), takes her behavior personally. Kathleen is quick to set him straight, however, and he comes to her home to ask for forgiveness. Annixter walks in on the scene and misunderstands. He throws them both out of the house, and as they are leaving, implies that neither of them is capable of being faithful to the other. Because she doesn't know what else to do, Kathleen marries Clive after the divorce, but Annixter's words have made them permanently suspicious of one another. When the three meet up once again, Clive begs Annixter to take Kathleen off his hands. But Kathleen won't have either of them, and insists that she will go it alone.

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accomplice [criminal], criminal, divorce, guilt, jealousy, love-triangle, robbery