Paying the Limit (1924)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |  
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This trashy, low-budget melodrama sported old-fashioned theatrics and a second-rate cast and crew -- with the exception of the editor, who happened to be future filmmaker Frank Capra. When she gets out of prison, a girl known as the Firefly (Ora Carew) decides to go straight. She gets a maid's job at the home of Lowden (Eddie O'Brien), a lumber baron, and discovers all sorts of intrigue going on. Boden (Dick La Reno) is plotting to get his hands on Lowden's valuable timber lands, while Davis (George Wellington) wants to get the family fortune by marrying Lowden's daughter, May (Helen Howell). May steals her father's papers and when the real identity of the Firefly is exposed, it is easy to pin the theft on her. But a man (Jay Morley) comes into the picture and helps the Firefly prove her innocence and uncover the guilty parties.

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ex-convict, going-straight, maid, robbery, romance