For the Defense (1922)

Release Date - Jun 4, 1922 (USA - Unknown)  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

Dramatic actress Ethel Clayton never reached the same lofty heights of stardom as Clara Kimball Young or Pauline Frederick, but she was a solid second-string player. She overcomes mediocre material in this society meller. Singer Anna Woodstock (Clayton) loses her voice, but a visit to a hypnotist, Dr. Joseph Kasimir (Bertram Grassby), brings it back. What Anna doesn't realize is that her illness was purely psychosomatic and Kasimir is a swindler. However, her fiancé, Christopher Armstrong (Vernon Steel), is aware of this and as district attorney is gathering enough evidence to prosecute him. Although Armstrong insists that Anna stay away from Kasimir, she visits him before she sails from Europe. Kasimir hypnotizes her and tries to kidnap her, but Jennie Dunn (ZaSu Pitts), a waif who Anna has befriended, comes to her rescue. Kasimir is found murdered that night, and Jennie is accused of the crime. Anna rushes home from Europe to testify on her behalf, but she only succeeds in implicating herself.