Soft Shoes (1925)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Drama  |   Run Time - 65 min.  |  
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Produced and co-written by Hunt Stromberg, this silent crime melodrama was advertised as a Western solely because of its august leading man, Harry Carey. Carey played Pat Halahan, a Western lawman who on a trip to San Francisco catches a pretty burglar, Faith O'Day (Lillian Rich), red-handed in his hotel room. Falling for the girl, Pat is dragged into a plot where he finds himself forced to impersonate notorious gangster the Chicago Kid. While Pat, as the Kid, is ingratiating himself with the local Quig Mundy gang, the real Kid (Jimmie Quinn) turns up unexpectedly. Revealed as a fraud, Pat is imprisoned in a basement by the thugs while gang leader Mundy (Francis Ford) takes off with Faith. She is rescued in the nick of time by Pat, who has managed to escape, and Mundy is killed by a mysterious Asian man (emaciated Japanese actor Sojin) working for the authorities. Carey never had to put up with such melodramatic humbug in his straight Westerns.

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bad-guy, criminal, detective, gangster, good-guy, impersonation, robbery, sheriff, torture, undercover, vacation