Law and the Woman (1922)

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This drama was based on Clyde Fitch's play The Woman in the Case, which was originally filmed in 1916 starring Pauline Frederick). Like Frederick, Betty Compson as Margaret has a tough time standing out next to the flashier supporting role of Clara, here played by Cleo Ridgely. Although Margaret (Compson) and Julian Rolfe (William T. Carleton) are deeply in love, Rolfe has a bit of a past. At one time he had befriended Clara Foster (Ridgely), a woman of the streets. When he discovers that his ward Phil Long (Casson Ferguson) is about to wed Clara, he tries to stop him. But he finds that Long and Clara have already married, so he heads back home. When Phil is found murdered, Rolfe is arrested and tried for the crime. Every action is taken to save him from conviction but it looks like he's headed for the electric chair. Margaret, desperate to save her husband, disguises herself as a woman of Clara's profession and wins her trust. She manages to get Clara to confess that it was she who committed the murder, and Rolfe is set free.

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arrest, conviction, execution, girlfriend, investigation, marriage, murder, newlywed, ward [hospital]