Torment (1924)

Genres - Action, Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Disaster Film  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This tale of international thievery was rather an odd film for director Maurice Tourneur, and it wasn't up to his usual standard. In fact, the climax--a Japanese earthquake--is obviously a combination of newsreel footage and movie sets. When it is discovered that he has the crown jewels, Count Boris (Jean Hersholt) is forced into exile. The count plans to sell the jewels to help the poor, but Jules Carstock (Morgan Wallace), the head of an international ring of crooks, wants to sell them to millionaire Charles G. Hammond (Joseph Kilgour). Carstock gets two other crooks, Hansen (Owen Moore) and Fogarty (George Cooper), to help him, and they all head to Japan where the count has sent the jewels. But Hansen falls in love with Marie(Bessie Love), a maid (Bessie Love), and decides to go straight. However, after an argument with Marie, he changes his mind, and goes for the jewels himself. An earthquake hits the city just after his holdup and entombs everybody in the bank. All except the count manage to come out alive.

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bad-guy-turns-good, love, opal, redemption, reform [improve], robbery