Way of the Transgressor (1923)

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Produced by small-time (and ill-named) Premium Picture Productions, this minor silent melodrama starred veteran serial ace George Larkin as "Silk" Raymond, a reformed safecracker who is framed by old enemy "Moose" McKay (Frank Whitson) and sent to jail. While incarcerated, Silk befriends a slumming society girl, Alma Barclay (frequent Larkin co-star Ruth Stonehouse), who just happens to be McKay's former girlfriend. Upon his release, Silk attempts to clear his name but is thwarted at every step by McKay. The latter, however, is conveniently killed by a Chinese servant (Karl Silvera), leaving Silk free to marry Alma. Directed by action and Western specialist William J. Craft, The Way of the Transgressor also featured Al Ferguson, Laura Anson, and William Vaughn Moody.