Money Changers (1920)

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This story of drug trafficking, white slavery and corruption was a novel by Upton Sinclair before it became a cheaply sensationalistic motion picture. Lucy Hegan (Claire Adams) runs a home to help the poor, but her fiancé, Hugh Gordon (Robert McKim), deals directly in misery -- he not only runs a drug and chemical corporation, he's also an underworld ringleader, specializing in the aforementioned drugs and white slavery. A newspaper reporter, Allan Martin (Roy Stewart), is trying to track down underworld heads, but it doesn't stop him from becoming interested in Lucy and her welfare work. Nevertheless, Allan's leads take him to a Chinese restaurant where he meets Mary Holmes, Gordon's mistress (Audrey Chapman). He gets her to admit what's going on and Gordon is duly captured. With the bad guy out of the way, Allan can now pursue a relationship with Lucy.