Over the Wire (1921)

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Kathleen Dexter (Alice Lake) and her brother Terry (George Stewart) are orphans who are living on a fixed income, received from the estate of their wealthy parents. Terry goes to work for John Grannan (Albert Roscoe) and embezzles 20,000 dollars from him. Grannan finds out about it and resolves to teach the wayward young man the value of money. Terry, believing that he is facing a jail term, calls his sister and commits suicide over the phone. Kathleen seeks revenge by plotting to ruin Grannan with the help of Grannan's enemy, James Twyford (Alan Hale). She gets a job as Grannan's secretary and he falls in love with her. Only after they are married does Kathleen reveal her identity. She runs off with Twyford, but Grannan uses his connections to stop the train taking them away. He retrieves Kathleen, but Twyford chases after her. He tries to kill Grannan, but Kathleen shoots and wounds him. At that moment she realizes she has come to love Grannan, and she no longer wants to seek revenge.

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brother, death, family-member, impersonation, love, revenge, robbery, romance, suicide