Hush Money (1921)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This drama was the first story author Samuel Merwin wrote directly for the screen. Millionaire Alexander Murray (George Fawcett) thinks that because of his wealth he is above the law, so when his daughter, Evelyn (Alice Brady), accidentally hits and injures a newsboy in a car accident, he tries to have the incident hushed up. Evelyn, however, firmly believes in taking responsibility for her actions and shows up at the hospital where the boy has been taken. Her involvement in the matter horrifies both her father and her fiancé, Bert Van Vliet (Laurence Wheat). Their disapproval of her actions causes her to leave home. Murray and Van Vliet make panicked attempts to locate Evelyn, who has gone into hiding. With the help of Bishop Deems (Harry Benham), Evelyn convinces her father that being wealthy does not absolve one from responsibility. Murray and Van Vliet learn their lessons, and Evelyn finally reconciles with them both.



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