Life (1920)

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Bill Reid (Jack Mower) finishes college at the head of his class and goes to work at a bank headed by William Stuyvesant (J.H. Gilmore). The banker's daughter, Ruth (Arline Pretty), is in love with Reid, but one of the other employees, Tom Burnett (Rod LaRocque), wants her for himself. He passes his old girlfriend, Grace Andrews (Nita Naldi), off to Stuyvesant's son, Ralph (Leeward Meeker), who promptly puts her up in style in a pricey Riverside Drive apartment. When Ralph forges his father's name on a check, Burnett tries to pin the deed on Reid. Then he kills Stuyvesant and has Reid convicted of the crime. Ruth, who has married Reid, convinces the detective that her husband is innocent. She helps him escape from Sing Sing on the morning he is to be executed. Burnett, meanwhile, has discovered that the murder was seen by Dutch Joe, and kills him, too. The detective is able to gather enough evidence to prove that Burnett is a murderer and he and Ruth go in search of Reid. They find him out West in the desert, half-dead from exposure. He is rescued, and he and Ruth look forward to a happier future.