Lights Out (1923)

Run Time - 80 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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The blend of comedy and melodrama in this picture did not work very well; perhaps that was because the material on which it was based -- an unsuccessful play by Paul Dickey and Mann Page -- wasn't very good to begin with. A pair of crooks -- High Shine Joe (Ben Deely) and Hair Pin Annie (Ruth Stonehouse), rob an Austin, TX, bank but Joe takes off without giving Annie her share of the loot. Annie believes that a large black bag carried by Eggs Winslow (Theodore Von Eltz) may have some of the money, and she follows him through a Pullman car. While on the train she meets Sea Bass (Walter McGrail), who says he's also got a score to settle with Joe. It turns out that the black bag contains nothing but screenplays -- Winslow is a writer -- and the crooks work out a scheme. Winslow writes a serial and the crooks use it to frame Joe with the use of a double. Joe, who is in South America, sees the serial and dashes back to the States to kill the writer. But another one of Joe's victims shows up with the police, which saves Winslow's life. Sea Bass reveals he's a detective and he wins Annie, who has decided to go straight.



double-cross, retirement, revenge, robbery