The Man Upstairs (1926)

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Monte Blue stars in this mystery, which was based on a novel by Earl Derr Biggers. Geoffrey West (Blue) is a soldier of fortune who happens to be obsessed with the personals section of the newspaper. While he is in London, he sees pretty Marion Larnard (Dorothy Devore), and uses the personals to strike up an acquaintance with her. Marion instructs him to write her five letters in five days to convince her that he is interesting enough to meet in person. West's five letters spin a tale about how he has murdered Captain Fraser-Freer (John Roche). His story is so believable that Marion buys it. When she finds out it was a joke, she tracks down Fraser-Freer and together they have West thrown in jail for the supposed "murder." When West realizes that the joke is on him, he and Marion are happily united.