False Code (1919)

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When silent film started to hit its stride, Frank Keenan was already approaching sixty. He still made his mark as a leading man by essaying roles in which he played powerful businessmen and strong father figures. Here he is shipbuilder John Benton, whose partner, Daniel Grey (Joseph J. Dowling), instigates an insurance scam. Through faulty boilers, Grey manages to blow up a ship containing highly insured, fake cargo. When the boiler inspector commits suicide, the insurance officials investigate. Evidence points to Benton, and he is sent to prison for 12 years. He loses everything -- his home, his wife, his business, and his good name. While sitting in prison he swears revenge, and when he gets out he is happy to see that Gray is getting just what he deserves. Just as Benton is about to drive his ruin home, he realizes that his daughter, Anne (Jean Calhoun), is in love with Grey's son, Jim (Pell Trenton). He spares the father to save the son.