~Within The Law~
1923
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~Plot Synopsis~
This is the second time Bayard Veiller's play made it to the silent screen (it would be made one more
time in 1939 as a talkie). This version is a run-of-the-mill Norma Talmadge vehicle -- lots of high
drama, with no expense spared, but in the end nothing much without its excellent cast. Talmadge
plays Mary Turner, the shopgirl working for slave wages who winds up in prison for a theft she did
not commit. Mary is bitter over her ruined life and swears vengeance on her former employer,
Edward Gilder (Joseph Kilgour). When she gets out of prison and cannot find work, she teams up
with Aggie Lynch (Eileen Percy) and they extort money out of elderly men -- but somehow manage to
keep their tactics within the law. Eventually Mary meets Gilder's son, Dick (Jack Mulhall), and she
makes him fall in love with her. He proposes, and after she accepts she makes her identity known to
his father. Edward Gilder, desperate to get rid of her, tries to have her framed for burglary. Thief Joe
Garson (Lew Cody), who loves Mary himself, falls for the plan. When he realizes he has been duped,
he kills the stool pigeon, English Eddie (Ward Crane). Mary tries to have Dick accused of the murder
and they are both arrested. Finally, Garson confesses to the crime, and the girl who originally stole
the items that sent Mary to prison reveals that she was the culprit. Mary realizes that she really loves
Dick, and the couple is united.

Plot Synopsis by Janiss Garza, AllMovie.com
Directed by: Frank Lloyd

Written by: Frances Marion - adaptation

Based on the play  Within the Law; a Melodrama in Four Acts  by Bayard
Veiller (New York, 1917).
~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 ...  George Demarest (as Arthur F. Hull)
Helen Ferguson ...  Helen Morris
Lincoln Plumer ...  Sergeant Cassidy (as Lincoln Plummer)
Tom Ricketts ...  General Hastings (as Thomas Ricketts)
Ward Crane ...  English Eddie
Catherine Murphy ...  Gilder's Secretary
DeWitt Jennings ...  Inspector Burke (as DeWitt C. Jennings)
Lionel Belmore ...  Irwin, his attorney
Eddie Boland ...  Darcy
~Remaining Credits~

Produced & Released by: First National Pictures

Produced by: Norma Talmadge
Cinematography by: Norbert Brodine & Tony Gaudio
Film Editing by: Hal C. Kern
Art Direction by: Stephen Goosson
Presenter: Joseph M. Schenck

Length: 8 Reels
Runtime: 96 Minutes
Released: April 29, 1923
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