You Are Guilty (1923)

Run Time - 62 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Actor James Kirkwood, who had taken a break from film for a stint on Broadway in The Fool, stands out in this drama. His performance eclipses most of the cast, including strong support from Mary Carr and Doris Kenyon; only child actor Russell Griffin is able to steal a scene or two for himself. Kirkwood plays Stephen Martin, whose stepbrother Joseph Grantwood (Carleton Brickert), is an embezzler; for the sake of Grantwood's mother (Carr), Stephen takes the blame. He leaves town for a number of years, abandoning his fiancée, Alice Farrell (Kenyon), only returning after Alice has married, had a little boy, Buddy (Griffin), and become widowed. When Buddy is caught in a fire, Stephen saves him, which proves to be his alibi after Grantwood is murdered and circumstantial evidence points to Stephen; he is freed and reunited with Alice.



execution, false-accusation, love, murder, rescue, self-sacrifice, witness