The Way of the Strong (1928)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This silent gangster tale centers on a scarred racketeer, ironically called Handsome Williams (Mitchell Lewis), who has been robbing the liquor shipments of bootlegger Tiger Louie (William Norton Bailey). Handsome also runs a café where Dan (Theodor Von Eltz) works as a pianist. Outside his café, Handsome dodges the bullets of his enemies but the sudden violence so startles the blind street violinist Nora (Alice Day) that she faints. Handsome brings her inside, but when the grateful girl asks to feel his features, he instead lets her touch Dan's genuinely handsome face. Tiger Louie kidnaps Nora to try to stop Handsome's raids, but the gangster descends on his hideout with all his men. Dan rescues both Nora and Handsome from the shootout, and as they drive away Nora feels Handsome's face and recoils in shock. Giving up his deceit, Handsome stops the car and lets Dan and Nora escape as the police close in on him.



happiness, life, love, piano, rackets [corruption], sacrifice