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Bruce Armstrong (MacDonald) is quite wealthy. He is also a drinker, a gambler, and pretty much worthless as a human being. For some reason, Marilyn Merrill (Bow), a successful dancer, sticks by him. In spite of this, he gambles with her boss, and when he loses, he writes bad checks. In order to avoid jail, Armstrong gets involved in diamond smuggling and winds up in a brutal fight over the spoils, killing one of the men. Jimmy is the only witness, so when Armstrong is put on trial, he is forced to testify. To keep him from having to take the stand, Armstrong confesses. But one of the other smugglers comes forth and admits that Armstrong killed in self-defense. Will Armstrong get off scot-free?
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This is interesting as an early example of a gangster film. The scenes are pretty stagey even by 1925 standards. The director seems heavily influenced by D.W. Griffith in that it is a moralistic melodrama.
However there is enough emotional material here to get you caught up in it. I especially liked the sweet and loving relationship between MacDonald and his young nephew. For lover's of silent films, a five, but people who don't like silent films should stay away.