Law and the Man (1928)

Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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Law and the Man is based on a story by Roy Octavus Cohen, then popular for his magazine yarns about "Negro" life. This time, however, the audience is spared Mr. Cohen's outrageous approximations of "authentic" African American dialects and customs. Instead, the story concerns crooked small-town politician Dan Creedon (Thomas Santschi), who decides to reform for the love of a good woman, namely lady lawyer Margaret Grayson (Gladys Brockwell). He does such a thorough job of cleaning up his act that he is nominated for the office of district attorney. But while Margaret is gratified by Dan's turnaround, she does not love him, reserving her affections for headstrong architect Ernest Vane (Robert Ellis). Though his heart is broken, Dan vows to protect Margaret's interests at any cost -- and this includes covering up for Ernest when the latter turns out to be a forger and thief.

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architecture, bad-guy-turns-good, danger, forgery, lawyer, love, love-triangle, politician, protection, reform [improve], robbery