The Social Code (1923)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Courtroom Drama  |  
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Although Viola Dana was primarily a light comedian, she performed capably in this courtroom drama. The capricious Babs Van Buren (Dana) has an argument with her beau, Dean Cardigan (Malcolm McGregor), and demands that he return a certain package of letters. He takes them to a dance where Colby Dickinson (Cyril Chadwick), who writes a scandal sheet, gets hold of them. The two men argue and a few hours later Dickinson is found dead. Cardigan is tried for Dickinson's murder, and even though he's facing the death penalty, he refuses to give an alibi. The truth is he was with Babs, but he doesn't want to ruin her reputation. But Babs finally comes forth and tells the judge (Huntley Gordon) the truth. Cardigan gets off, and it turns out the letters were written by Babs' older sister Connie (Edna Flugrath) before she got married to the judge who tried the case. Incidentally, Viola Dana and Edna Flugrath were real-life sisters -- and there was a third actress sister, Shirley Mason.

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execution, false-accusation, family-member, flapper, investigator, love, rescue