By Hook or Crook (1918)

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Although the son of a rich man, Frederic Pritchard, Jr. (Carlyle Blackwell) is still nothing more than a lazy bum. When his father (Jack Drumier) threatens to cut him off, Frederic Junior decides to become a burglar. This skill turns out to be helpful -- the young man's fiancee Gloria (Evelyn Greeley) has a villainous uncle who is out to take over the factory owned by her mother (Alice Chapin). Frederic steals Mrs. Nevins proxy away from the uncle. In a last-ditch attempt to keep control, the uncle locks Frederic up and goes to the shareholders' meeting to cast the votes. Frederic, however, escapes and through various Douglas Fairbanks-like athletic tricks makes it to the meeting and saves the day.