Counsel for the Defense (1925)

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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Counsel for Defense is set in a graft-ridden town, where the crooked politicians railroad the local doctor (Jay Hunt) into prison. The villains want to take over the town waterworks, and this they can't do if the doctor is nosing around spotting health violations. When a typhoid epidemic inevitably breaks out, the imprisoned doctor's daughter (Betty Compson) launches a reform campaign in the local newspaper. The rascals are thrown out, the doctor's reputation is restored, and the daughter marries the newspaper's editor (House Peters). Filmed in 1925, Counsel for Defense lay on the shelf for over a year before it found a distributor.