Perry Danton ( Wallace Reid ), the irresponsible heir of an important San Francisco family, must prove his worth by taking a job with the family lawyer before he is entrusted with the Danton fortune. When Perry's fiancée Camilla ( Margaret Loomis ) mistakes criminal Slim Attucks ( Wallace Reid ) for Perry, Attucks realizes that he can take advantage of the resemblance and concocts an elaborate plan, installing his cohorts in positions close to the Dantons. He then has Perry shanghaied onto a steamer bound for Honolulu. Taking over Perry's job and fiancée, Attucks soon becomes so familiar with Perry's affairs that Perry can make no one believe his story when he returns. After enlisting the aid of the editor of a major newspaper, Perry confronts his double in the lawyer's office, where a test is administered that supports Attucks' claim, thanks to Perry's feeble knowledge of his own affairs. Perry is spotted by a banker whom Attucks had previously robbed and is subsequently arrested, but a reporter who believes Perry's story arranges for his release and for yet another confrontation, this time in Perry's home. All the evidence points against Perry until his dog recognizes his true master, exposing Attucks' charade. Camilla tells Perry that she has known of the deception for some time, but that she would not speak up until Perry had proved true to the Danton motto: "Always Audacious."
This 1920 drama was based on the short story "Toujours de l'Audace" by Ben Ames Williams, produced by the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, starring popular silent cinema actor, Wallace Reid. The survival status of Always Audacious is listed as unknown, sadly suggesting it may now be a lost silent film.
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