Loyal Lives (1923)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This drama glorified the lowly postman, which probably warmed the heart of Will H. Hays, the head of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors Association -- he was a former postmaster general. Dan O'Brien (Brandon Tynan) loyally stays at his mailman job, even when his pal Michael O'Hara (Charles McDonald) offers him a chance to go into business. O'Hara's son Tom (Chester Morris) secretly marries the O'Brien's adopted daughter Peggy (Faire Binney). When O'Brien retires, his pension isn't enough to live on, so his son Terrence (William Collier Jr.) gets a job at the post office to help out. O'Brien allows Brady (Tom Blake) to spend the night at his house, and he gratefully leaves some money. But Brady is a mail robber and the cash is marked, so O'Brien is arrested. Brady and one of his associates attempt to rob a mail train, but Terrence, who is clerking, stops them. Brady escapes, however, and attempts yet another robbery. Once again, he is foiled by Terrence. Finally he confesses and clears O'Brien's name. O'Brien is officially thanked by the postmaster general, and when the marriage between Peggy and Tom is revealed, it brings the two families together again.

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postal-worker, post-office, robbery, son, underdog