Accused (1925)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 55 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Jesse J. Goldburg's low-budget Independent Pictures offered its customers more than Bill Cody or Bob Custer B-Westerns, including dreadful melodramas such as Accused. Although reared by Cyrus Braidwood (Eric Mayne) as his own daughter, young Helen (Dorothy Drew) is actually the offspring of a murderer, Lait Rodman (Charles Gerrard), whose written confession is kept under lock by Braidwood. Rodman manages to retrieve the confession and Helen goes to his apartment looking for it. Once there, she meets young Steve Randall, and through a series of misunderstandings, they both end up as prisoners of a gang of crooks. This unfocused melodrama was directed by former slapstick comic Dell Henderson, whose directorial career never rose above low-budget action fare. Also trapped in the film were former luminaries Du Pont, once the most foolish of Erich Von Stroheim's Foolish Wives (1922), and the distinguished Biograph actor Spottiswoode Aitken.