His Enemy, the Law (1918)

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Veteran movie heavy Jack Richardson turned "hero" in the Triangle feature His Enemy, the Law. Actually, Richardson plays a dual role, as a villainous Western bandit named Red and as Red's outwardly virtuous son Jack, a famous criminal lawyer. Truth to tell, however, Jack has become a "legal eagle" for the sole purpose of getting even with the judicial system which forced his father to become an outlaw. Thus, he uses technicalities to obtain acquittals for obviously guilty criminals. One of Jack's clients is the scurrilous fiance of pretty Sally Randolph (Irene Hunt). Of major significance to the outcome of the plot (which, among other things, includes the "reformation" of the hero) is the fact that Sally is the daughter of Sarah Catherwood (also played by Irene Hunt), who years earlier had been the sweetheart of Jack's notorious father Red.