Ostensibly a straight-faced melodrama, Corruption was dismissed as a travesty by the critic for Variety -- and also, apparently, by most filmgoers of the period. The central character is an illegal abortionist, who has strong-armed his wife into being his "accomplice." While a young pregnant girl confers with the abortionist, the girl's mother confides in the man's wife. A series of flashbacks reveal that the girl was betrayed by a young Wall Street broker, and that the "mother" isn't the mother after all, but instead the girl's aunt. The crooked doctor uses the information supplied by the girl to blackmail the girl's seducer, while the doctor's wife, fed up with the whole sordid business, bundles the girl off to an unspecified destination, where she can give birth to her baby. The abortionist is doubly foiled when, rather than pay "hush money," the baby's father honorably agrees to marry the girl. Variety spoke for many when it wrote off Corruption as "silly twaddle."
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