Straight Is the Way (1921)

Genres - Comedy  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This moderately low-budget comedy-drama was nevertheless well-made. It had a good foundation -- the scenarist was Frances Marion). When things get too hot in New York, a pair of crooks, "Cat" Carter (Matt Moore) and "Loot" Follett (George Parsons), head for the country. They break into an unoccupied wing of an old house and discover the place belongs to two women, matronly Aunt Mehitabel (Mabel Bert) and her pretty niece, Dorcas (Gladys Leslie). But it may not be in the women's hands for long -- it is heavily mortgaged to a nasty old character. The crooks don't want to see these nice ladies thrown out in the cold so they decide to help. After a session with the Ouija board, Mehitabel and Dorcas become convinced that Uncle Henry, now in spirit, has hidden some treasure around the house. Carter and Follett use their wiles to make this a reality. They also catch the mortgage holder breaking into the house. The crooks part ways but when Carter, who was gone straight, comes calling on Dorcas some time later, he finds his old associate managing Mehitabel's farm.

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credit, foreclosure, homestead, love, marriage, mortgage, rescue