Edge of the Law (1917)

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This drama was adapted from a story that Maud Pettus wrote for All Story magazine. Nancy Glenn (Ruth Stonehouse), better known as "the Spider," dresses up in boy's clothes and steals women's purses for Pop Hoagland (M. W. Testa), a fence. She only escapes arrest by detective Spike O'Neill (Harry Dunkinson) because wealthy Ralph Harding (Lloyd Whitlock) and his friend Stella Farnsworth (Betty Schade) beg him to let her go. Not long after that, Nancy, while dressed in girl's clothes, is hit by a car and carried into the Harding home. She recognizes Ralph but doesn't reveal her identity. His mother (Lydia Yeamans Titus) becomes fond of the girl and accepts her as family. But things get complicated when Pliny Drew (J. Webster Dill), one of Nancy's old associates, swindles Ralph in a mining scheme and Nancy tries to intervene. O'Neill, meanwhile, is investigating the theft of some jewelry stolen from the Harding home and suspects Nancy. The butler turns out to be the thief, and Ralph gives Drew a sound thrashing.