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Beggars in Ermine is a 1934 American film directed by Phil Rosen and starring Lionel Atwill, Betty Furness, Henry B. Walthall, and Jameson Thomas. John Dawson (Atwill) is a steel-mill owner who loses his legs in an accident. Depressed and unsure of where to go, Dawson befriends some local homeless people. He shows them how they can streamline their begging operation to make three times the money. The homeless people are grateful and to show their gratitude they help him discover details about the accident that led to his lost legs. James Marley (Thomas), Dawson's business manager at the steel mill, was not all he appeared to be. In an attempt to steal the company away from Dawson, Marley engineered the disaster. This classic black and white film was praised for the acting talent, especially that of Lionel Atwill.