Under Oath (1922)

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Although Elaine Hammerstein is top-billed in this heavy-handed drama, Mahlon Hamilton has the more impressive role. "Big Jim" Powers (Hamilton) has worked his way up the ranks to be a major power broker in the business world. He is determined to ruin Chester Marvin (Dwight Chittendon) because of the slights he received from the Marvin family during his rise to the top. On his deathbed, Marvin confesses to his daughter, Shirley (Hammerstein), that he is a thief who has illegally used trust funds. Shirley meets with Powers, who agrees to call off the legal proceedings if she agrees to marry his brother, Steve (Charles Gerrard). Although Shirley is willing to go along with this, Powers decides to stop the wedding at the last moment. Later on, Steve is found dead after the brothers have quarreled and Big Jim is accused of his murder. Eventually, Powers is cleared of the crime, and Shirley breaks up with her district attorney fiancé (Niles Welch) to marry him.



business, false-accusation, investigation, marriage, murder, power, revenge