Legally Dead (1923)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This Universal melodrama took the "rescuing the hero at the last minute" ploy to ridiculous extremes. Milton Sills has the hapless job of trying to make his character -- and the story -- seem plausible. In order to get material for a story, newspaper reporter Will Campbell (Sills) gets himself arrested. After leaving prison, he travels to a new town and finds work as a bank teller. There he meets fellow ex-con Minnie O'Reilly (Claire Adams), who helps him to forget his cold, unloving wife (Margaret Campbell). Campbell is hounded by a detective who knows of his prison sentence. When the detective is found murdered, Campbell is arrested for the crime and sentenced to be hung. His innocence is established mere moments after he is executed, and a doctor (Brandon Hurst) revives him with a shot of adrenaline. Campbell's wife has divorced him, so he is free to wed Minnie.

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arrest, capital-punishment, convict, death, doctor/nurse, innocence, life, lynching, punishment, release, robbery, weapons, writing