Crooked Straight (1919)

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Country boy Ben Trimble (Charles Ray) saves up a thousand dollars and heads out to the big city to make good. But he doesn't make it past the first day before a con man swindles him out of the dough. Desperate and hungry, he winds up becoming partners with a safecracker, and they continue their nightly rounds until the police catch up with them. The safecracker is fatally shot, but before he dies he asks Ben to go to his farm and take care of his two kids. There Ben meets Vera Owen (Margery Wilson) and confesses his past but swears he has gone straight. One day, he sees that the same confidence man who swindled him has come to town and is already working on Vera's dad (Otto Hoffman). So Ben cracks the Owen safe to keep the money out of the con's hands. The family fortune is saved, and Ben's small transgression is excused. This drama did not have the charm usually found in Ray's pictures.