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Society-girl thrill seeker Lydia causes the death of motorcycle policeman and is prosecuted by her fiancé Daniel who describes in lurid detail the downfall of Rome. While she's in prison she reforms and Daniel becomes a wasted alcoholic.

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Lydia Thorne
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Daniel J. O'Bannon
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Evans - Lydia's Maid
John Miltern ...
Gov. Stephan Albee
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Judge Homans
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Mrs. Drummond
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Adeline Bennett
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Drummond - Policeman
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Eleanor Bellington
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Bobby Dorest
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Dicky Evans (as Mickey Moore)
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Butler
Sylvia Ashton ...
Prison Matron
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Brown
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Prisoner
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Prisoner
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Prisoner
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Wiley
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Doctor
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Musician
Shannon Day ...
Miss Santa Claus
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Witness
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Member of the Jury (uncredited)
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Speakeasy Doorman (uncredited)
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Member of the Jury (uncredited)
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Member of the Jury (uncredited)
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O'Bannon's Aide (uncredited)
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Lydia's Chaperone (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Teddy the Dog ...
Dog (uncredited)
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Prison Inmate in Laundry Sequence (uncredited)
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Mildred June ...
New Year's Guest (uncredited)
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Member of the Jury (uncredited)
Emmett King ...
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Mildred Reardon ...
New Year's Guest (uncredited)
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Prison Inmate (uncredited)
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Member of the Jury (uncredited)

Directed by

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Cecil B. DeMille

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Jeanie Macpherson ... (adaptation)
 
Alice Duer Miller ... (novel "Manslaughter")

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Cecil B. DeMille ... producer
Jesse L. Lasky ... executive producer

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L. Guy Wilky ... (as Guy Wilky)
Alvin Wyckoff

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Anne Bauchens

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Paul Iribe
Clare West

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Cullen Tate ... assistant director

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R.D. Jones ... stunts (uncredited)
Leo Nomis ... stunt driver (uncredited)

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R.D. Jones ... camera operator (uncredited)

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Theodore Kosloff ... choreographer
Jesse L. Lasky ... presenter

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Plot Summary

Lydia Thorne, a wealthy girl who loves speed and thrills, is unsympathetic when Evans, her maid, is jailed for stealing her jewels. District Attorney Daniel O'Bannon visits Lydia to make her see the error of her own ways, but instead views a scene of Lydia and her friends that reminds him of a Roman orgy. O'Bannon feels it is his duty, therefore, to send Lydia to jail for her own good when her automobile driving causes the death of a motorcycle policeman. Lydia is resentful, and her rebuff of O'Bannon, who has come to love her, causes him such remorse that he turns to drink and dissipation. Meanwhile, Lydia reforms, realizes she loves O'Bannon, and resolves to do charitable work. She and Evans open a soup kitchen after their release, and a chance meeting with O'Bannon starts him on the road to recovery. With Lydia's encouragement he becomes himself again, runs for governor, but withdraws his candidacy to marry Lydia when he sees that her record would be a liability to him in politics. Written by Pamela Short

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Taglines For the rich and poor, the beautiful and plain-there's only one law! She has broken it and must pay! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le réquisitoire (France)
  • Frauen auf schiefer Bahn (Germany)
  • El homicida (Spain)
  • 屠殺者(1922) (Japan, Japanese title)
  • O Homicídio (Portugal)
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  • 100 min
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Budget $385,000 (estimated)

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Trivia In order to correctly write a script that would depict the experience of a woman being arrested and imprisoned, screenwriter Jeanie Macpherson arranged, at Cecil B. DeMille's behest, to be imprisoned for stealing a fur piece from a friend (with whom she had worked out an agreement beforehand). She was arrested in Detroit, booked and fingerprinted under the name Angie Brown and spent three days in jail before a police official discovered the truth and arranged for her release. Macpherson wrote about the experience in an article called I Have Been in Hell. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Hollywood (1980). See more »
Quotes Lydia's Chaperon: Make Dan keep an eye on her, Eleanor. If she will show up for anybody, she will for him - but as her chaperon, I won't stay and be party to such goings on!
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