Frederick Stratton ( Crauford Kent ), a young society man badly in need of funds, fails to return a valuable bracelet to its owner. Jim Foley ( Riley Hatch ), an unscrupulous detective, finds it in his possession and, in return for silence, extracts from Stratton a written confession of his guilt which he plans to use against him at some future date. Years later, a political boss in danger of losing his office appeals to Foley to gain possession of some valuable papers from his opponent, Worthington Lawrence ( Clarence Handyside ), and Foley, knowing that Stratton is a close friend of Lawrence's, threatens to expose him unless he steals the papers. Stratton refuses but his wife Eleanor ( Pauline Frederick ) overhears the conversation and agrees to secure them for Foley in return for her husband's confession. While a guest at Lawrence's house party, Eleanor breaks into the desk, acquires the papers and dashes off to Foley with them. At his home, she outwits Foley and obtains control of both the stolen papers and the confession. With the unprincipled detective and politician defeated, Mr. and Mrs. Stratton face a happy life together.
This 1917 silent drama was produced by Famous Players-Lasky and directed by Robert G. Vignola. Starring Pauline Frederick and Crauford Kent, tragically Double Crossed remains a lost silent film.
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