Night Life (1927)

Genres - Crime, Drama, Romance  |  
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While merely a program picture, this drama features an excellent cast and an entertaining story. Before the Great War, Max (John Harron) and his partner, Nick (Eddie Gribbon), had a sleight-of-hand act on vaudeville. After the war's end, the pair find themselves out of work and starving in Vienna. Out of desperation, Max puts his talents to use illicitly and becomes a thief. Business is good and Max and Nick prosper. But when they get involved with a pretty waif, Anna (Alice Day), things start to fall apart. Anna loves Max and Nick's feelings towards her are ambivalent -- on one hand, he believes her to be an intruder, on the other hand he's jealous that Max has won her heart. Anna puts their livelihood at risk when she catches Max stealing a diamond brooch. She forces him to return it and gets arrested herself. Nick, surprisingly, is the one who comes to her rescue and takes her place in the cell. After the situation is resolved, the three of them go straight and team up as an act.

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beer, couple, criminal, demands, desperation, diner, friendship, gardener, homecoming, jealousy, love, opal, pickpocket, police, poverty, self-sacrifice, struggle, sweetheart, victim, waiter