The Third degree


The Third degree
   This four-act muckraking drama by Charles Klein opened on 1 February 1909 for 168 performances at the Hudson Theatre, produced by Henry B. Harris. Howard Jeffries is accused of murdering an unscrupulous art dealer who had been his mother's old sweetheart. Howard's wife Annie comes to his defense, but he is estranged from his wealthy parents because he married a poor girl. At Annie's behest, an important lawyer takes the case and discovers the art dealer's suicide note, thus clearing Howard and forcing the authorities to admit their rush to judgment. No less than three motion picture versions appeared during the silent era (1913, 1919, 1926).

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