Only a Shop Girl (1922)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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While no one could ever call the cast to this melodrama "all star," it certainly features some of the best second-stringers and character actors who were around in 1923. James Watkins (Willard Louis), who owns a department store, is even more wicked than your average womanizer. He has Danny Mulvey (William Scott) sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit just so that he can woo his sister Mame (Estelle Taylor). When he is released, Mulvey finds out that Watkins is also after his own sweetheart, Josie (Mae Busch), who is a clerk at the store. Mulvey, Mrs. Watkins (Claire Dubrey) and Mame all decide to catch Watkins at his game, so Josie agrees to meet him at the store one night. He doesn't realize that the others are hiding and watching him. When he tries to embrace Josie she threatens to kill him, and he turns out the lights. When they come back on he is dead. Josie is arrested for his murder, but Mulvey confesses to save her. The truth is that both of them are innocent. When Mulvey's home catches on fire, Mame is badly burned while saving a little girl (Josephine Adair). Mame doesn't survive her injuries, but before she dies, she confesses that it was she who killed Watkins.

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confession [criminal], fire, killing, sweetheart