The Streets of New York (1922)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This melodrama is based on a play that was popular in the first decade of the 1900s. Unfortunately, it was quite dated by the 1920s, when this picture was made, although director Burton King did his best to bring action and humanity to the story. Badger (Leslie King), a clerk at a Wall Street brokerage, discovers that his boss Gideon Bloodgood (Anders Randoph) has swindled an investor, Fairweather, out of his money. Fairweather dies of a heart attack after an argument with Bloodgood, and Badger uses this knowledge to blackmail him. By a strange coincidence, Bloodgood's daughter Lucy (Barbara Castleton) runs over Fairweather's son, Paul (Edward Earle), and cripples him. Badger uses Paul to get money out of Bloodgood, but he also gives the young man the funds to get an operation. A romance develops between Lucy and Paul, which infuriates Badger, who wanted her for himself. He brings both Paul and Bloodgood to a shack during a storm with the intention of doing away with them.



extramarital-affair, blackmail, love, love-triangle, romance