Fatal Hour (1920)

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By 1920, those Drury Lane melodramas seemed pretty musty, but they were still occasionally cranked out by one studio or another -- this one, adapted from Cecil Raleigh's play, was put out by Metro. After the death of his uncle, Lieutenant Nigel Villers (Wilfred Lytell) becomes heir to the Deerminister estate. But Villers has earned the enmity of the wicked Jim Callender (Thomas W. Ross). Callender has befriended Nigel's black sheep uncle, Lord Adolphus Villers (Francis X. Conlan) and his mistress, Bessie Bissett, a musical comedy actress (Thea Talbot). To enable his pals to claim the estate instead of Nigel, Callender tries to prove that the marriage between Nigel's parents was invalid. Callender also blackmails the brother of Nigel's fiancee, Dorothy Gore (Gladys Coburn), and forces him to steal the crown jewels. Nigel, however, untangles the mess Callender has created, and in a fierce battle, hurls him off a cliff. With the issue of Nigel's parentage cleared up, he gets the estate and the jewels, and marries Dorothy.