Quicksands (1918)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |  
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Mary (Dorothy Dalton) and Jim Bowen (Edward Coxen) are happily married. Jim works as a cashier for an insurance brokerage. The boss's wastrel son Alan Perry (Philo McCullough) takes advantage of Bowen's trusted position at the company and forges some checks. Bowen is accused of the fraud and is sent to prison. Hoping that the job will give her the means necessary to prove her husband innocent, Mary goes to work as a cabaret singer for the powerful John Boland (Henry A. Barrows). It isn't long before Perry, a frequenter of Boland's cafe, falls in love with her. One night, after some heavy drinking, Perry follows her home. But on that same night, Bowen, who has escaped from jail, has taken refuge there. Boland, who has heard of his escape, also heads for the Bowen home. A fight breaks out between Boland and Perry, and Boland is knocked unconscious. Mary convinces Perry that Boland is dead, and extracts a confession from him. The police break in and arrest Perry, while Boland -- who has regained consciousness -- uses his power to help exonerate Bowen.

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convict, forgery, husband, imprisonment, innocence, nightclub, songwriter