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  • Joan is the secretary to the public defender in a large city. She is in love with a career criminal named Eddie, and she believes that he is a basically good person who just had some tough breaks. She uses her influence to get him released early, and he tries to go straight after marrying her, but things don't work out, and they both go on the lam.

    - Written by Tim Horrigan <horrigan@eworld.com>
  • Joan Graham is the efficient secretary of a public defender Stephen Whitney and is in love with the small-time criminal Eddie Taylor. Her boss and friend Stephen helps Eddie to leave the prison on probation; Eddie promises to have a straight life and immediately get married to Joan. He finds a job as a truck driver, but is unfairly fired on his first day. While trying to find another job, there is a heist in a bank with six victims and Eddie is accused. Joan convinces him to go to the court and prove his innocence, but based on circumstantial evidence and prejudice of the jury, Eddie is sentenced to the electric chair. On the night of his execution, the FBI finds the real criminal and grants Eddie an indulgence. However, Eddie is trying to escape from prison in a hostage situation, and kills his friend Father Dolan, who was trying to help him. Eddie meets Joan and together they try to reach the border and escape from justice.

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Joan Graham is the secretary for Stephen Witney, an honest and dedicated public defender, who succeeds in doing something he would almost rather not do: get Joan's sweetheart, Eddie Taylor, out of prison. Eddie is a good man, but Joan's sister, Bonnie, and Stephen both agree that he is no good for Joan. Eddie was born trouble. Joan and Eddie get married and set out to prove the naysayers wrong. Eddie gets a good, steady job as a truck driver; but a series of disasters sends his life spiraling out of control and the fiercely loyal Joan's along with it.

    - Written by J. Spurlin
  • The public defender's secretary and an ex-convict get married and try to make a life together, but a series of disasters sends their lives spiraling out of control.

    - Written by J. Spurlin

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