The Cheater Reformed (1921)

Genres - Crime, Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Silent matinee idol William Russell has a dual role in this drama. He plays twin brothers, minister Luther McCall and Lefty, a crook. Thomas Edinburgh (Sam de Grasse) wants to get rid of his wife and woo the minister's spouse, Carol (Seena Owen). He tries to convince Carol that her husband was once an embezzler, and even offers photographic proof, since Lefty and Luther are dead ringers for each other. Luther is about to leave for Cleveland when Lefty shows up. The crook is trying to elude the police and he borrows one of his brother's suits. The two men leave together. The train they are on wrecks and Luther is killed. Lefty winds up in the hospital and takes on his brother's name. Carol brings him home to convalesce and he calls on his former associate, Buster (Jack Bramall). Lefty makes Buster the church sexton, and even goes so far with his ruse as to give a sermon. His surroundings ultimately have a positive influence on both him and his friend, and they reform. Edinburgh is revealed as the owner of a chain of brothels. Lefty finally confesses the truth to Carol, who is ready to forgive him and accept him into her life.

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twins, bishop, family, impersonation, killing, sibling