Proxies (1921)

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After serving a term in prison, Peter (Norman Kerry) goes straight and becomes a butler in the home of Christopher Darley (William H. Tooker). Peter's sweetheart, Clare Conway (Zena Keefe), who also has a criminal past, becomes the maid of the house. Darley's daughter, Carlotta (Raye Dean), is engaged to Homer Carleton (Jack Crosby), but she becomes infatuated with Peter. John Stover, a former warden (Paul Everton), knows of Peter's past, but Darley refuses to discharge him. It turns out that Stover is actually more crooked than Peter ever was -- he wants to involve Darley in a fraudulent stock scheme and obtains a proxy to put it across. To save Darley, Peter holds up the guests at a party, which includes Stover, and steals the proxy from him. After burning it, he and Clare make their escape and get married. Detective Linton (Robert Broderick) tracks the couple down, and they believe they are about to be arrested. Linton takes them to a farm and tells them it is a wedding gift from the grateful Darley.

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butler, daughter, detective, engagement, maid, politician, rescue