Slippy McGee (1923)

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This heart-warming drama was one of Colleen Moore's first films for First National, but her star would not ascend until later that year when she starred in Flaming Youth; here she primarily supports Wheeler Oakman, who plays the title role. Slippy McGee is a notorious safecracker who is seriously injured when he leaps from a freight train. His mangled leg has to be amputated, and he recuperates at the home of Father DeRance (Same De Grasse). Although McGee goes by an assumed name, the minister figures out his identity, but keeps it a secret because McGee reforms and helps him with his hobby of collecting butterflies. McGee falls in love with Mary Virginia, one of DeRance's parishioners. She loves him in return, but only as a trusted friend, and becomes engaged to someone else. But when a banker tries to force her into marriage through a stack of forged letters, McGee goes back to his old ways one last time. Another version of this story by Marie Conway Oemler was filmed by Republic in 1948 and starred Donald Barry.

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marriage, accident, blackmail, escape, love, priest, robbery, romance, safecracker, train [locomotive]