Who Am I? (1921)

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For all her life, Ruth Burns (Claire Anderson) has been kept in the dark about her father's line of work -- he is a professional gambler. She only finds out about his profession when he dies and she comes to New York to settle his affairs. One of her father's associates, Jimmy Weaver (Niles Welch), informs her that she has inherited Burns' gambling palace. The manager, John Collins (George Periolat), claims that Burns died owing him money, and to square the debt, Ruth has Weaver teach her the ins and outs of gambling. Ruth hits a winning streak, but she's horrified when one of her big losers attempts suicide. This makes her realize why her father hid her away from his work, and why gambling is immoral. She plays one more game anyhow, and loses all her winnings. Collins offers to erase the debt if she will give herself to him, but he is murdered by a woman he callously discarded. In any case, it turns out that Collins was lying about the debt, and Ruth and Weaver head for the altar.

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gambling, inheritance, loan, love, manager, property, romance