Guttersnipe (1922)

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This pleasant little programmer features minor Universal star Gladys Walton. Walton is Maisie O'Day, who lives in New York City's "little Ireland" and works as a shopgirl to help out her parents (Walter Perr and Kate Price). Her favorite pastime is reading romantic magazine stories (sort of the forerunner of today's romance novels), and when she sees a well-dressed young man getting thrashed in a brawl, she pictures him as Lord Lytton, the hero of one of these stories. She comes to his aid, only to discover that he is really just Tom Gilroy, a soda jerk (Jack Perrin). Romance blooms anyhow, and together they read the magazine installments about Lord Lytton's adventures. Gilroy is arrested for counterfeiting and Maisie, not knowing what to do, reads the latest episode of the tale to see if it will give her any insight. She uses the ploys she discovers to reveal Gilroy's boss as the guilty party, and to get Gilroy freed.

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arrest, criminal, false-accusation, fantasy, fight, frame-up, honor [recognition], investigation, reality, rescue, reward, robbery