Hell's Highroad (1925)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Judy Nichols (Leatrice Joy), a poor girl from Chicago, has decided she cannot marry without money. Her sweetheart, Ronald McKane, a struggling civil engineer (Edmund Burns), is encouraging her to join him in New York, but she only goes when she is bequeathed an inheritance. Unfortunately, the amount adds up to less than ten dollars a week. When she meets banker Sanford Gillespie (Robert Edeson), she convinces him to help McKane out financially. Once McKane has become a success, Judy marries him, but then he becomes interested in another woman. Judy seeks revenge and asks Gillespie to ruin her estranged husband, offering him anything he wants in return. Gillespie destroys McKane in short order, and the ruined man storms over to his home. Judy has already arrived to make good her end of the bargain. When McKane finds her there, he furiously attacks her. Gillespie stops him and, rather surprisingly, the couple make up and reconcile.

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ambition, death, engineering, inheritance, marriage, money, poverty, stipulation, uncle, worker