Within the Law (1917)

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In this overblown version of the 1912 Bayard Veiller stage melodrama, Alice Joyce is Mary Turner, the salesgirl who is sent to prison for a theft she did not commit. When she is released, she can't find honest employment so she takes the semi-honest route with Joe Garson (Harry Morey) and Aggie Lynch (Adele DeGarde), and goes around swindling swindlers. Mary still bears a grudge against the owner of the department store where she worked (Anders Randolph), and to get back at him, she marries his son, Dick Gilder (Walter McGrail), even though she really loves Joe. A detective (Eugene O'Rourke) who has it in for Mary, has a stool pigeon convince Joe to rob the Gilders' home. The scheme is discovered, and Joe winds up murdering the stool pigeon. The detective tries to pin the crime on Mary, but finally Joe is arrested and confesses to the crime. This film was made twice more, in 1923 and 1939.