Its lighthearted denouement aside, A Poor Man's Romance was clearly inspired by Victor Hugo's Les Miserables. Depressed over the injuries sustained by his daughter in an auto accident, the impecunious hero, a bank porter, begins to slough off on the job. His absent-mindedness results in his immediate dismissal, whereupon our hero wearily trudges out of the bank without remembering to lock the vault. Sure enough, a burglar helps himself to the vault's contents, a crime for which the porter is blamed. After a lengthy prison term, the poor man is released, only to find that no one will hire an ex-convict. In desperation, he turns to crime, but while he and his confederates are robbing a Park Avenue mansion, he saves the lady of the house from being assaulted by the other thieves. Out of gratitude, the lady's husband offers the poor man a job, and everybody lives happily ever after. But where's the romance?
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