Man's Plaything (1920)

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This low-budget melodrama was released by Republic. Nellie Vaughan (Grace Davison) leaves home because of the constant arguments between her father and her brother, Dan (J.W. Johnson). She finds work as a flower girl in a cafe, where she meets the wealthy Pelton Van Teel (Montague Love). Devlin Maddox (Stuart Holmes) sees an opportunity to blackmail Van Teel, and he tells Nellie that the young man has been boasting that he is keeping her. Nellie is infuriated and she offers to help Maddox to get revenge. The idea is to have Nellie marry Van Teel, and then squeeze money out of his father for a separation settlement. Things don't work out as planned -- Nellie falls in love with Van Teel and convinces him to marry her. When his father offers her money to divorce him, she turns him down. Her brother Dan, meanwhile, believes that Van Teel has seduced Nellie, so he shoots and wounds him. Nellie proves that they are married and helps him to escape. Van Teel has been losing money to Maddox, who shows up with a check he claims is worthless and threatens to make trouble. Nellie takes the check from him at gunpoint. A detective, who has been investigating Maddox at the request of Van Teel's father, arrests the swindler, and Nellie and Van Teel find happiness together.