The Scarab Ring (1921)

Genres - Crime, Mystery  |  
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Alice Joyce stars in this routine mystery melodrama. On his deathbed, bank president John Randall (Fuller Mellish) confesses to his oldest daughter, Constance (Joyce), that he embezzled money and is making a series of payments to a cashier to assume the guilt. After his death, Constance continues to pay off the cashier. Blackmailer Hugh Martin (Claude King) gets his hands on some letters that Randall and Constance wrote to the cashier. He threatens to reveal all unless he can marry Constance's younger sister, Muriel (Maude Malcolm). Before he can make the letters public, Martin is found dead with a scarab torn from Constance's rare and valuable ring by his side. Because of this circumstantial evidence, Constance is put on trial. Her fiancé, attorney Ward Locke (Joe King), defends her and the case is dismissed. After she gets off, Constance admits that she really did kill Martin, but in self-defense.

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blackmail, criminal, death, father, knowledge, promise, public, sister, suspect, sweetheart, trial [courtroom]