Powell's role here is unusual. Instead of the suave sophisticated type he ordinarily played, he is an out-and-out con man. Powell returns from WW I and finds that his ideals won't make him a dime, and he will soon be selling apples on the corner if he doesn't improve his lot. Society girl
Williams, in a rare non-aquatic role, falls for Powell but withdraws from him as his nature turns decidedly avaricious. Powell had decided to put his scruples in the closet and rake in all the money he can. He sets up his down-and-out Broadway pals in a charity operation under the banner of St.
Dismas, the good thief crucified with Christ. He then goes into the money-making busine...