If You Believe It, It's So (1922)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |  
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Even though Thomas Meighan was well-cast in this comedy-drama, meant as sort of a lower-echelon Miracle Man, it's that scene-stealer, Theodore Roberts, who runs away with the show. Meighan plays Chick Harris, a thief who picks an old man's pocket at Grand Central Station. The old man, a country dweller, is so distraught at having lost his life savings that Harris returns the money. He retires to the small town of St. Claire, where he plans to go straight, and boards at the home of Colonel Williams (Charles Ogle), where he falls in love with the Colonel's niece, Alvah Morley (Pauline Starke). He also finds work with real estate agent Frank Tine (Charles K. French). But then conman Sky Blue (Roberts), a former associate of Harris' arrives in town. He plans to swindle the villagers by claiming he is collecting donations for a seminary. Much to Blue's consternation, the newly honest Harris runs him out of town. In addition, he discovers that his own boss is a fraud. Blue's presence has revealed too much of Harris' history to Alvah, so he confesses all. She forgives him his past, and the couple remain happily together.



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