The Last Card (1921)

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Lawyer Tom Gannell (Frank Elliot) is jealous of the attentions that college student Sorley (Dana Todd) pays his wife, Emma (Irene Hunt). Sorley funds his education by working on furnaces, and Gannell kills him while he is working in the cellar of Ralph Kirkwood (Al Roscoe). Kirkwood is accused of the murder and Gannell offers to defend him -- of course, with the intention of having him convicted. But Kirkwood's wife Elsie (May Allison) suspects that Gannell is the real killer and proves it. She has the police tap her phone and then invites Gannell to her home. Through psychological manipulation, she gets him to confess to the crime, and her husband is cleared. This was the first directing assignment for Bayard Veiller, who had earned a solid reputation as a writer of mystery and drama scenarios. The plot was from a Saturday Evening Post story by Maxwell Smith.