The Top of New York (1922)

Genres - Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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William Desmond Taylor's final film -- a poorly paced, overly sentimental romance -- only proves that if he had not been the victim of an unsolved murder, his name would likely have faded into the far reaches of silent-cinema history. Although as a human being he apparently had many admirers (one of them was the star of this picture, May McAvoy; another was set designer George Hopkins, who wrote the scenario), his directing skills were rarely more than competent. For some reason, he had the brunette McAvoy wear a blonde wig as Hilda O'Shaunnessy, which detracted from her good looks. Hilda lives in a tenement apartment with her aunt, Mrs. Brady (Carrie Clark Ward), and her crippled younger brother Micky (Pat Moore), and works in a department store where her boss lusts after her. But happiness comes into her life when she meets artist Emery Gray (Walter McGrail). Gray's wife deserted him long ago, leaving him with their daughter Susan (Mary Jane Irving) to raise. While Susan and Micky become playmates, Hilda restores Gray's faith in womanhood. He offers to pay for an operation for Micky and also puts to rout the wicked boss -- who turns out to be the man who stole his wife.

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guilt, love, marriage, rescue, sexual-harassment, suicide