Monte Collins ( Monte Blue ), the foreman of a western railroad construction crew, is greatly attracted to Ruth Harper ( May McAvoy ), the daughter of the railroad's owner, and goes to visit her in Boston. There he cuts a sorry figure in ill-fitting evening clothes. Monte quickly returns west in the company of Ruth's brother, John ( William Desmond ), who has been placed in charge of purchasing new materials for a bridge under construction. In order to provide luxuries for his avaricious wife Lois ( Kathryn Carver ), John orders substandard steel, and the bridge collapses. Monte assumes the blame for the accident in order to shield John's father ( William H. Tooker ), who is in bad health, from the possibly fatal shock of learning of his son's negligence. Ruth learns of Monte's sacrifice and goes away with him, willing to share whatever fate brings.
This 1929 melodrama was produced by Warner Brothers Pictures and directed by Lloyd Bacon, although a silent film it did have talking sequences, synchronized music and sound effects. Starring popular actors Monte Blue, William Desmond and May McAvoy, sadly No Defense is now a lost film.
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