Man Must Live (1925)

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When Geoffrey Farnell (Richard Dix) returns from the war, the only job he can find is as a reporter on a New York scandal sheet. The editor, Job Hardcastle (George Nash), becomes angry with Farnell, who isn't hard-hearted enough to write the kind of material the paper requires. Farnell is sent off to cover the story of a society divorcée who has become a cheap cabaret dancer. He finds "Mops" Collins (Jacqueline Logan), but instead of writing the story, he takes pity on her and takes her in. The chagrined Hardcastle is about to fire Farnell, who asks for one more chance. He gets his opportunity when he discovers Clive Ross-Fayne (Charles Beyer), his old war buddy, in a courtroom, charged with dealing drugs. Ross-Fayne was believed to be dead and had been posthumously recognized for valor, but he was actually shell-shocked and had lost his memory. Farnell believes that this is the story that will save his job, but then he discovers that Ross-Fayne is the brother of Eleanor (Edna Murphy), a girl he loves. He tries to stop the story from being published, but Hardcastle pushes it through. Farnell is furious and assaults the editor. Eleanor finally understands Farnell's desperation and forgives him, and a lawsuit makes him rich, so he never has to hunt down a scandalous story again.

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battle-fatigue, career, drugs, friendship, love, reporter, romance, sister, soldier