It's obvious that this picture's screenwriters, Carey Wilson and Edmund Goulding, were referencing D.W. Griffith's Intolerance -- it begins in ancient Rome before taking its theme to modern-day (meaning 1920) New York. The Rome depicted here is at its most decadent and sensational, with Christians being sacrificed and gladiators fighting in front of a bloodthirsty crowd. And New York is almost as bloodthirsty. To destroy the happiness of a woman who jilted him years ago, a broker (Anders Randolph) kidnaps the woman's daughter Laura (Ray Dean). Her nouveau riche father, John Grimm (Gustav Von Seyffertitz) arrives from Nebraska to search for her. More complications arise when Laura and the broker's son Gordon (Edmond Lowe) fall in love.
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