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The Prey (1920)

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Helen Reardon
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Lost Alice Joyce Silent
12 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

This 1920 drama starring the popular actress, Alice Joyce, was produced by the Vitagraph Company and sadly now remains a lost film. I have found an original film review to share with the reader.

Moving Picture World, July 31, 1920 - Alice Joyce in a Vitagraph Special Production of Society, Financial and Political Intrigue.

Robert Reardon in "The Prey" has misused funds held in trust by giving then to a friend, Henry Lowe, to invest. Lowe tells him the money is lost and he appeals to his future son-in-law, James Calvin, who is running for district attorney. Calvin refuses to allow Reardon to get deeper in debt by plunging into a financial pool proposed by Lowe and tells him that if he is elected he will seek an indictment against Lowe. Reardon becomes angry and as a result the engagement between Calvin and his daughter, Helen, is broken. Next morning Reardon kills himself. His son, Jack, who has had the gambling fever, having got into debt, forges Lowe's name to a check and passes it. Lowe gets possession of the check and uses it to force his marriage with Helen. Howe insists upon entering his friends in debauchery notwithstanding the recent bereavement of his wife. He drives her brother from the house and then proceeds to enact the tyrant. Helen, who had refused to love him when consenting to be his wife, is the subject of attack. Next day she appeals to Calvin, who has been elected, and he tells her that Lowe is in no position to press charges against her brother, as he is himself on the road to prison. Lowe is confident that his wife will save him from the district attorney, and stages a frame-up against Calvin. Luring him to the Lowe home, he forces his wife into a compromising position. Calvin then feels that the only way out is to resign. Helen refuses to hear of such a course. Meanwhile she had overhead a plot of Lowe's to get two of Calvin's aids to steal evidence. The money to be paid them is in the safe in the Lowe home. Helen marks it and notifies the police, who catch the two and also Lowe's henchmen. This results in the arrest of Lowe. Helen's brother also is taken for forging the check, but Lowe dies as a result of the excitement and disgrace, and the young fellow is freed. Calvin and Helen find happiness together.


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