Woman on the Jury (1924)

Sub-Genres - Courtroom Drama  |   Run Time - 73 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Although the plot to this heavy-handed drama sounds like typical Hollywood hokum, it actually came from a very successful stage play by Bernard K. Burns. The conniving George Wayne (Lew Cody) entices Betty Brown (Sylvia Breamer) to accompany him to his cabin with promises of marriage. Only after keeping her there for a few weeks does he reveal he never intended to wed her. Betty starts life all over again (her reputation being ruined by Wayne's actions and the mores of the era), not knowing that Wayne, under the name of Montgomery, is doing the same thing to another girl, Grace Pierce (Bessie Love). Eventually, Betty marries a very moral, upstanding man, Fred Masters (Frank Mayo), but, on the advice of his sister (Myrtle Steadman), does not reveal her past. Both Betty and Masters are called to serve on the jury that is hearing the case against Grace Pierce, who is accused of Montgomery's murder. Betty soon figures out that Montgomery was Wayne, and when everyone wants to convict the girl, she is forced into a dilemma -- should she keep quiet, or should she reveal her sordid past to save the girl, but possibly ruin her own marriage? Betty opts to speak out and Grace is acquitted. The understanding Masters forgives Betty her past.

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courtroom, escapades, injustice, revenge, sex, trial [courtroom], victim