The story opens spectacularly with a murder, seen only in silhouette through the shade of a window. Next door to the murder scene lives Helen (Leah Baird), the wife of abusive alcoholic Robert West (Harry Burkhardt). Helen's sister Peggy (Violet Palmer) wants to marry the boy next door, James Manley (James Morrison), but Manley's efforts to borrow the necessary funds from his father are unsuccessful. When Manley's dad turns up dead (his was the murder in the first scene), James is arrested for the crime. Helen suspects that someone else was responsible for the crime, and she's right: It turns out that James has a half-brother, a Filipino named Aguinaldo (also played by James Morrison), and it is he who killed Manley Sr. The only witness to the murder was Helen's husband West -- and he refuses to talk, mistakenly believing that Helen and James have been having an affair. The film's success was dependent upon James Morrison's astonishing ability to convincingly play two different people of two different races.
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