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The Third Degree

Directed by Michael Curtiz
1926    80m    Not Rated
Circus artist Alicia deserts her husband and child to elope with Underwood, her handsome lover. Fifteen years later, Alicia's deserted daughter Annie Martin is a trapeze performer in a Coney Island sideshow operated by Mr. and Mrs. Chubb, and has married Howard Jeffries in spite of opposition by his wealthy parents. Jeffries, Sr., hires a man--Underwood--to separate the young couple. Underwood convinces the newlyweds that each is being unfaithful to the other, and consequently he is threatened by Howard. Driven to fury by Underwood's uncontrollable demands, Alicia shoots him in a quarrel and makes her escape just as Howard enters; despite his innocence, Howard confesses to the crime when subjected to the third degree. Annie, realizing her mother's guilt, claims to be guilty, but Alicia then confesses. Annie is saved from suicide by Howard, and they are united by love.
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Cast of The Third Degree
  • Dolores CostelloAnnie Daly
  • Louise DresserAlicia Daly
  • Rockliffe FellowesUnderwood
  • Jason Robards Sr.Howard Jeffries Jr.
  • Kate PriceMrs. Chubb
  • Tom SantschiDaredevil Daley
  • Harry ToddMr. Chubb
  • Mary Louise MillerAnnie as a baby
  • Michael VavitchClinton - Chief of Detectives
  • David TorrenceHoward Jeffries Sr.
  • Fred KelseyAssistant Chief of Detectives
  • Margaret GrayYoung Lady (uncredited)
  • Myrna LoyBit Part (uncredited)
  • Joseph NorthBit Part (uncredited)

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