The presence of Richard Barthelmess adds a poetic quality to this romantic melodrama. Tony Gillardi (Barthelmess) is a flower vendor on New York's East Side. His brother, Carlo (Frank Puglia), is the favorite of their mother (Florence Auer), but in reality, he is a weak-willed youth who is under the control of Nick Di Silva (William Powell), a gangster who runs a Chinese theater as a cover for his operations. Di Silva and Carlo rob an Automat, but Tony convinces his brother that the money should be returned. Tony takes the money to the Automat himself, but is arrested for the crime and sent to prison. When he is released, he wants to get Di Silva but is dissuaded by his sweetheart, Molly O'Connor (Dorothy Gish, who is wasted in this role). A fight ensues in the Gillardi home between Carlo, Di Silva, and Tony. Di Silva shoots Mamma Gillardi, and Tony chases him to the theater where they get into a brutal fight. Di Silva falls from a roof to his death. Mamma Gillardi recovers from her wound and Tony and Molly are united.
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