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Lew Cody ...
Russell Griffin ...
Sonny Dorsey
Yvonne Hughes ...
Billy Van de Vere
Nora the maid
Florence O'Denishawn ...
Alice Maison ...


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gambling | based on play | See All (2) »







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22 July 1923 (USA)  »

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En moderne Kleopatra  »

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1.33 : 1
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Only about six minutes of the film has survived. See more »


Remade as Lawful Larceny (1930) See more »

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Lawful Larceny (1923) - Lost
19 August 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Important note: This is not a film review. It is my ambition to add as many silent film synopsis of films that have a survival status of unknown or presumed lost. I try to do as much research as I can and it is not my intention to deceive anyone, for sometimes the film does exist and some presumed lost films are still being discovered. I am more than delighted if someone has knowledge of a film listed as lost but survives, as I wish all silent films did survive. I hope the reader enjoys this brief synopsis.

During his wife's absence, Andrew Dorsey ( Conrad Nagel ) is snared by Vivian Hepburn ( Nita Naldi ), owner of a crooked gambling house, and her silent partner, Guy Tarlow ( Lew Cody ). Dorsey loses so much money that Vivian persuades him to give her one of his firm's checks for a large sum of money. Hearing her husband's confession, Marion Dorsey ( Hope Hampton ), returned from Europe, determines to retrieve the check. She disguises herself as a wealthy widow, vamps Tarlow, and persuades him to rob Vivian's safe and elope. Marion then steals the contents of the safe and later returns everything to the irate Vivian except the check and the money her husband lost.

This 1923 silent drama was based on the play Lawful Larceny by Samuel Shipman, produced by the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, directed by Allan Dwan, starring Hope Hampton, Conrad Nagel, Nita Naldi and Lew Cody. Only six minutes of Lawful Larceny (1923) has survived.

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