Was He Guilty? (1927)

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Producer-writer Frank Grandon reserved himself a juicy leading role in the low-budget Was He Guilty? This cautionary fable unfolds the tragic tale of a WWI soldier who develops a morphine addiction after being wounded in action. Told by the authorities that the boy can only be "saved" by being confined in a small, enclosed room, the hero's father frames the lad on a criminal charge. Upon his release, the ex-addict launches a successful career as an engineer, proving beyond all doubt that he's gone "cold turkey" by capturing the head of a spy ring. Filmed several years before its 1927 release, Was He Guilty? was pulled off the shelf to capitalize on the latter-day popularity of actor William Boyd, here seen in a supporting role.