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Within the Law (1923)

When Mary Turner is sent to prison for a crime she did not commit, she vows upon her release to take vengeance on those who wronged her, always staying however within the letter of the law.

Director:

Frank Lloyd

Writers:

Bayard Veiller (play), Frances Marion (adaptation)
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Complete credited cast:
Norma Talmadge ... Mary Turner
Lew Cody ... Joe Garson
Jack Mulhall ... Richard Gilder - his son
Eileen Percy ... Aggie Lynch
Joseph Kilgour ... Edward Gilder
Arthur Stuart Hull Arthur Stuart Hull ... George Demarest (as Arthur F. Hull)
Helen Ferguson ... Helen Morris
Lincoln Plumer Lincoln Plumer ... Sergeant Cassidy (as Lincoln Plummer)
Tom Ricketts ... General Hastings (as Thomas Ricketts)
Ward Crane ... English Eddie
Catherine Murphy Catherine Murphy ... Gilder's Secretary
DeWitt Jennings ... Inspector Burke (as DeWitt C. Jennings)
Lionel Belmore ... Irwin - his attorney
Eddie Boland Eddie Boland ... Darcy
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When Mary Turner is sent to prison for a crime she did not commit, she vows upon her release to take vengeance on those who wronged her, always staying however within the letter of the law. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Frame Up for Norma Talmadge
2 November 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

After spending three years in prison for a crime she didn't commit, shop-girl Norma Talmadge (as Mary Turner) finds employment prospects grim. She attempts suicide, but Ms. Talmadge is saved by shady Lew Cody (as Joe Garson). Then, she joins forces with gum-chewing Eileen Percy (as Aggie Lynch). The two women become successful pseudo-socialites through frivolous lawsuits. They are underhanded, but Talmadge likes to operate "Within the Law". Seeking revenge against the former boss who falsely accused her, Talmadge begins to woo his son, Jack Mulhall (as Richard Gilder), but love gets in the way...

This silent melodrama, imaginatively re-titled "Paid" (1930) for Joan Crawford, finds Talmadge and everyone taking it over the top for director Frank Lloyd. Acting most like it's a screen test, Talmadge nevertheless shines during the scene where her past is revealed to Gilder and Gilder. Then being promoted as an ingénue, future agent Helen Ferguson has a good role as Talmadge's emotional co-worker. A socially relevant point is made, early on, when another woman is caught shoplifting at Gilder's Emporium; because she's a banker's wife, instructions are made to apologize to the wealthy kleptomaniac for the imposition.

***** Within the Law (4/29/23) Frank Lloyd ~ Norma Talmadge, Jack Mulhall, Eileen Percy, Lew Cody


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1923 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A l'abri des lois See more »

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Gross USA:

$192,000
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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