John Smith (1922)

Genres - Crime, Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Drama, Family Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Eugene O'Brien -- who was a better co-star for the likes of Norma Talmadge than he was a star in his own right -- has the lead in this comedy-drama. Upon being released from prison, where he was serving an unjust sentence, Lawrence Hilliard (O'Brien) takes the name of John Smith and looks for work. He finds a job as the head of the servant staff for the Langs (J. Barney Sherry and Ester Banks). Because of his charm, Smith is able to bring order to the unruly Lang household. He falls in love with Irene Mason, the social secretary (rising star Mary Astor), but is reluctant to tell her because of his past. Because Smith gains such an upstanding reputation, he earns the position of treasurer of a social organization. The funds turn up missing, however, and once again he finds himself in trouble with the law. Things get even worse when he becomes a murder suspect. It looks bleak for Smith until new evidence exonerates him. All this time, Irene stands by him, and they are united.



arrest, criminal, employment, family, home, love, officer, parole, record [world record], release, robbery, secretary, sentence [penal system]