Lilies of the Streets (1925)

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Mary E. Hamilton, a well-known New York policewoman in charge of welfare work, sponsored this highly melodramatic offering, which was written by her assistant, Elizabeth J. Monroe. Hamilton herself appears in the picture. Because she is neglected and given too much freedom, Judith Lee (Virginia Lee Corbin) runs wild. She gets involved with the villainous Frank Delmore (Wheeler Oakman), who takes her to a dance hall and has the place raided. Judith is arrested, and Delmore's associate, Nita Moore (Peggy Kelly), has her sign a plea to get released. What Judith doesn't realize is that the paper is a confession that she is a prostitute, and Delmore plans to use it to blackmail her. Then he discovers that her mother has money, and he plots to get his hands on her wealth. Before he is successful, however, he is found murdered. Judith, thinking that her mother is the culprit, takes the blame. Her fiancé, lawyer John Harding (Johnnie Walker), tries to get her off by claiming she was protecting her virtue -- but then the confession is produced. Finally, Mary E. Hamilton convinces a poor girl, Margy Hopkins (Irma Harrison), to come forth. Margy, another of Delmore's victims, reveals that she is the killer, and Judith is released.