Wild Oats Lane (1926)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Run Time - 65 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Filmgoers of the silent era liked to see crooks reform -- it was a popular theme in motion pictures. This drama, adapted from a play by George Broadhurst (which was based on the novel The Gambling Chaplain by Gerard Beaumont), involved the reformation of not one but two characters. A young couple from Pennsylvania (Viola Dana and Robert Agnew) are separated on the eve of their wedding. The boy has gotten involved with some crooks and is taken away to jail. The girl becomes entangled in a white slavery ring. They lose track of each other. The girl makes the acquaintance of a Bowery priest (John MacSweeny) and begins her regeneration. The boy, meanwhile, is released from prison, but he is still hounded by the police. Eventually he gravitates toward the priest and is reunited with his fiancée. The priest marries them.

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couple, marriage, priest, transformation, underworld, white-slavery, criminal, prostitute/prostitution, gangster