The Narrow Road (1912)

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Elmer Booth is an ex-convict, and Mary Pickford is his devoted wife. Booth and his buddy are miserable in prison, but Mary waits patiently for her husband. When they get out, Booth initially takes a job at a lumberyard. His partner goes back to counterfeiting. Booth is tempted several times, but does not go back to his criminal ways, but when the police are on his buddy's trail, Booth lets his ex-partner in crime to hide the counterfeiting equipment in the couple's apartment. The police come knocking and they search the apartment. Director D.W. Griffith effectively builds suspense without a chase, letting the audience know the police are coming and showing where the evidence is hidden as the police search the apartment. The film allows the Booth character to be an (admittedly minor) accomplice to a crime and still have a happy finish.

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ex-convict, going-straight, imprisonment, loot, wife