One Million in Jewels (1923)

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This melodrama about jewel smugglers -- a starring vehicle for J.P. McGowan, who also directed and wrote the screenplay -- was just an average programmer. Burke (McGowan) is a revenue agent whose mission is to retrieve the crown jewels from a gang of smugglers. Morgan (Herbert Pattee), the head of the gang, gives Helen (Helen Holmes) the task of outwitting Burke. But the agent isn't easily disposed of -- after the thieves believe he has been imprisoned, he reappears on a steamer carrying the gang to its destination. Helen sneaks the jewels into a box of candy which is in the possession of the innocent Sylvia Ellis (Elinor Faire). Burke figures this out, but before he can get his hands on the jewels, he is suspended by his superiors. Nevertheless, he is determined to finish his job, and enlists Sylvia's help. But he also is aided by an unexpected party -- Helen, who has fallen in love with him. She winds up saving him, although she gives up her own life -- neatly simplifying the romantic relationship between Burke and Sylvia.

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agent [representative], jewel-robbery, love, marriage, opal, robbery