Lawful Larceny (1923)

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This well-cast drama was based on the play by Samuel Shipman. When Marion Dorsey (Hope Hampton) is away in Europe, her husband Andrew (Conrad Nagel) becomes involved with Vivian Hepburn (Nita Naldi). The scheming Vivian has a partner, Guy Tarlow (Lew Cody), who runs a gambling club and they get Dorsey so far into debt that he is compelled to sign a note with the name of his firm. Because he can't redeem the note, Dorsey faces a prison sentence, but Marion returns home and saves him. By posing as a wealthy widow, she vamps Tarlow and gets him to open up the safe containing the note and the money that her husband lost. Vivian throws a potential jail sentence in Marion's face, pointing that she herself committed "lawful larceny" by stealing Dorsey's love and destroying his honor. But Marion is able to outwit the villainous couple and clear her husband's name.

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business, casino, gambling, husband, owner, vamp