His Robe of Honor (1918)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Although Henry Walthall's career went downhill after he stopped working with D.W. Griffith, occasionally he would appear in a film that was worthy of his talents. This drama was one of them; perhaps because it was made by another great director, Rex Ingram. Julian Randolph (Walthall) is a dishonest lawyer who specializes in procuring phony jurors. Nordhoff (Noah Beery), a political boss, offers him a judgeship if he can get his brother, Clifford (Eugene Palette), cleared of a murder charge. Randolph is more than happy to oblige and winds up on the bench. He is expected, of course, to do Nordhoff's bidding, but there's a problem: Randolph has fallen in love with the beautiful and innocent Laura Nelson (Lois Wilson). Their romance convinces him to lead an honest life, which brings him into a lot of conflict with his former supporters. His ex-sweetheart, Roxana Frisbee (Mary Charleston), also decides to go straight and refuses to give him away. Randolph manages to emerge victorious over his foes and win Laura, while Roxana finds love with an equally honest man.

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acquittal, admiration, bad-guy-turns-good, brother, business, control, corruption, court [law], gangster, inspiration, killing, lawyer, love, name-clearing, nation, niece, politician, respect, silence, Supreme-Court