The Noose (1928)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Drama, Melodrama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The Noose was based on a story by H. H. Van Loan -- or rather, the play adapted from that story by Willard Mack. Cheap crook Nickie Elkins (Richard Barthelmess) is the son of equally dishonest Buck Gordon (Montague Love). When his ex-wife (Alice Joyce) marries Governor Bancroft (Robert T. Haines), Gordon sees an opportunity for blackmail. To save his mother from disgrace, Elkins kills his own father. The outcome of the story is in the hands of poor Mrs. Bancroft: If she tells the truth, she will cause the ruination of her husband's political ambitions; if she remains silent, her son will be hanged. Strong dramatic support is provided by Lina Basquette as Nickie's faithful sweetheart Dot.

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blackmail, ex-wife, marriage, murder, father, governor, mother, son