Man under Cover (1922)

Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

Universal bragged that this standard crime melodrama was written by Louis Victor Eytinge, a "lifer" at the Arizona state prison. Herbert Rawlinson plays Paul Porter, who has just gotten out of the joint and, along with his pal Daddy Moffat (George Hernandez), goes back to his home town in a search for "easy money." But then Porter runs into his childhood sweetheart, Margaret Langdon (Barbara Bedford). When he discovers she is being swindled by oil sharks, he decides to go straight and help her out. The better part of the townsfolk, in fact, have been tricked by conman Jones Wiley (George Webb), but Porter outdoes him by putting up a fake oil well on the land of Colonel Culpepper (Willis Marks). Wiley buys the "gusher" from Porter for a cool hundred thou, but when he discovers he's been had he steals the money back. Porter gives chase, gets the money and returns it to the folks it belonged to in the first place. He's now a hero in his home town, and wins Margaret's hand.



criminal, friendship, going-straight, reform [improve], robbery, suicide