Lone Chance (1924)

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This tense but implausible melodrama was John Gilbert's last film for Fox before moving over to the greener pastures of MGM. Jack Saunders (Gilbert) falls in love with a mysterious girl tourist and leaves his home in search of her. In the big city, his money quickly runs out and he is offered a lucrative deal by Burke (Harry Todd), a politician. The daughter of the governor (Edward Tilton) has murdered a lecherous old roué, and they need someone to take the fall. For a large sum of money, and the promise that he will be pardoned after a year, Saunders volunteers to plead guilty. When the time comes for the pardon and the governor unexpectedly denies it, Saunders makes a prison break. At the governor's mansion, Saunders finds that Burke is about to be married to the girl, Margaret West (Evelyn Brent), who also happens to be the tourist he has been trying to find. After everything is set right, Saunders weds Margaret.