Jimmy Dugan and Elsie McGraw are boy and girl sweethearts, their families living on the same floor in a tenement. Dan McGraw, Elsie's father, wins to fame and fortune. They move into an aristocratic neighborhood. Jimmy sees Elsie no more, for his father is a confirmed drunkard and he is forced to knock about the streets earning his money by selling papers. He grows to be a sturdy and honest young man. In a saloon Jimmy overhears some conspirators plotting to send McGraw to jail on a trumped up murder charge. He goes to McGraw's home to tell him of the plot. He meets Elsie in the hallway. Not recognizing him she calls him a "rough neck." Despite Jimmy's warning, McGraw is arrested. Because of his love for Elsie, Jimmy confesses the crime in order to save her father. He is convicted and sentenced. Before the sentence is executed, however, Jimmy's father is found dying and tells how he himself had committed the murder. Elsie goes to Jimmy, her heart overflowing with gratitude for what he...
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