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Self-Defense

Self-Defense(1932)

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Katy Devoux runs a gambling saloon in a wilderness town in British Columbia. Although she is honest in her dealings, she is ashamed of her business, and sends her daughter Nona, who believes that her mother runs an exclusive resort inn, to finishing school in California. When Katy's friends, Tim Reed and Dan Simmons, discover that gambler Jeff Bowman is using crooked dice, Katy warns him to leave town. Out of revenge, Bowan writes to Nona, hoping her arrival will force Katy to leave Roaring Pines so that he can gain control of her business. Disgusted with Jeff's behavior, his girl friend Alice leaves him. Bowman takes her gun and bracelet and robs Katy's saloon, where he shoots one of her men, leaving evidence that implicates Alice. When Katy receives a telegram announcing Nona's arrival, she sends Tim to meet her daughter while she hurriedly transforms the saloon into an inn. Tim, meanwhile, encounters Alice and from her he learns that Jeff summoned Nona and shot Katy's man. When Tim confronts him with this information, Bowman draws a gun on him, and Tim kills him in self-defense, picking up Bowman's crooked dice when he leaves. Arrested for Bowman's murder, Tim refuses to testify because Nona, who is in the courtroom, will learn the facts about Katy's job. When the jury is deadlocked, Katy takes the judge aside and explains the facts of the murder. The judge allows Tim to establish his innocence with a throw of the dice. He hands Tim Bowman's loaded dice, and after Tim frees himself, he and Nona declare their love. Katy sells out to a competitor and joins Tim and Nona in the United States.