Kiss or Kill (1918)

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Henry Warner (Herbert Rawlinson) is so broke that he has sold his overcoat and now his landlady won't leave him alone about the rent. When he sees a wallet sticking out of a rich man's pocket, he's desperate enough to steal it. The police give pursuit, and Henry winds up in someone's study. The man who lives there, Middleton (Alfred Allen) has been looking for someone with Henry's nerve and offers him a job (along with an overcoat and some cash): He must steal back a will that Middleton's nephew, Craig (Harry Carter) stole from him. To do this, Henry has to get to know Ruth Orton (Priscilla Dean), Craig's fiancee. He enters the girl's room via a fire escape, but even with this suspicious introduction, Ruth obligingly hides him from Craig, who appears shortly thereafter. Henry wangles an invitation to the couple's engagement party, where he tells Craig he intends to marry Ruth. The two men fight, and Henry gets the will, which bequeaths Ruth some property currently controlled by Middleton. Craig apparently intended to have the will changed in his favor. Craig tries to lie to Ruth about this, but she prefers to believe Henry -- in fact, she prefers Henry, period. This film was originally a short story by Max Brand which appeared in All Story magazine.