Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Also known as Manolescu -- Der Konig von Hochstapler (Manolescu -- King of Swindlers), this was one of several European silent films inspired by the escapades of the titular real-life scoundrel. As played by Ivan Mosjoukine, the infamous Hungarian sharpster Manolescu is usually motivated by the noblest of intentions. Most of his larceny is committed on behalf of a beautiful woman (Brigitte Helm), who turns out to be unworthy of him. Seriously injured by the woman's ex-lover (Heinrich George). Manolescu awakens in a hospital, where his wounds are tended by a sweet young nurse. For nursie's sake, our hero promises to reform. Alas, he is prevented from doing so by his fickle former sweetheart, who jealously turns Manolescu over to the authorities.
bad-guy-turns-good, con/scam, doctor/nurse, ex-lover, hospital, injury, jealousy, reform [improve], scoundrel, sweetheart