White and Unmarried (1921)

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Star Thomas Meighan reportedly picked out the story himself, and the role of Billy Kane is a good one for him. Kane is a crook who burglarizes wealthy people's homes, but when his uncle leaves him a million dollars, he decides to reform. He goes to Europe, and on the liner he meets Dorothea Welter (Grace Darmond), the daughter of a millionaire whose home he once robbed. In Paris, the Welters, not knowing of their friend's past, allow him to take Dorothea out dancing. She meets Marechal, a French crook (Lloyd Whitlock), while Kane flirts with dancer Andree Duphot (Jacqueline Logan). Chicoq, a member of the French underworld (the always villainous Walter Long), wants Andree for himself and he and Kane get into a fight. Chicoq kidnaps Andree and takes her off to the country. Meanwhile, Dorothea marries Marechal, but he takes off when he discovers that Mr. Welter (Fred Vroom) will not support them. Dorothea is able to tell Kane where Chicoq is keeping Andree, and he goes to her rescue. He shoots up the farmhouse where the gang is staying, killing Chicoq and Marechal. The newly widowed Dorothea is free from her unfortunate marriage, and Kane weds Andree. Although the vaguely racist title to this comedy-drama sounds a bit jarring to modern-day ears, it was a common saying back in the 1920s.

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dance [art], fortune [wealth], going-straight, kidnapping, tourist