Pretty Smooth (1919)

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The story to this likable crook drama was written by playwright Bayard Veiller, who specialized in crime and suspense stories. Gertie (Priscilla Dean) works as a maid in the home of a wealthy family, but she's actually a thief who plans to rob them. After breaking open the safe, she is in danger of being caught. She calls the police, claiming that a burglar has broken in. Ironically, Jimmy Hartigan, a famed safecracker (Francis McDonald) just happens to show up before the police do. The cops cart him off to jail, but not before he and Gertie fall in love. She helps him escape from prison and they marry and head for New York. They are planning a big job, but have a change of heart and decide to go straight. After settling down on a farm in New Jersey, the couple discovers that Kersey, a detective (Milton Ross), is hot on Hartigan's trail. With the help of a couple of other crooks, they arrange a scenario where it appears that Hartigan has saved Kersey's life. Kersey, who realizes that Hartigan has gone straight, is glad to use this as an excuse to let him go.