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This film was praised for drawing attention to some of the abuses of the prison system. An alternate title of the film was The Girl Who Wanted to Live ... More Less

This film was praised for drawing attention to some of the abuses of the prison system. An alternate title of the film was The Girl Who Wanted to Live . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
10 Feb 17
p. 703.
MPN
17 Feb 17
p. 1088.
MPW
17 Feb 17
p. 962 (ad insert), 1035, 1084
NYDM
12 Jan 17
p. 240, 273
Wid's
8 Feb 17
pp. 90-91.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Girl Who Wanted to Live
Release Date:
18 February 1917
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Forced by circumstances to choose between the street and theft, Mary Murdock is caught breaking into the home of Robert Howard and is sentenced to prison. Unable to find employment after serving her prison term, Mary seeks out Howard and finds him about to commit suicide, despondent over his wife's leaving him for another man. Mary saves his life and convinces him to champion the cause of prison reform, in which he proves so successful that he is appointed warden, placing him in conflict with the political boss. To block the warden's reforms, the political ring sets up a compromising situation between Howard and Nan Travers. In an endeavor to clear Howard's name, Mary works on the jealousy of Nan, who is in love with the assistant warden, by pretending to be infatuated with the man. Mary's scheme is successful when Nan, in an effort to get even, confesses all and clears Howard's ... +


Forced by circumstances to choose between the street and theft, Mary Murdock is caught breaking into the home of Robert Howard and is sentenced to prison. Unable to find employment after serving her prison term, Mary seeks out Howard and finds him about to commit suicide, despondent over his wife's leaving him for another man. Mary saves his life and convinces him to champion the cause of prison reform, in which he proves so successful that he is appointed warden, placing him in conflict with the political boss. To block the warden's reforms, the political ring sets up a compromising situation between Howard and Nan Travers. In an endeavor to clear Howard's name, Mary works on the jealousy of Nan, who is in love with the assistant warden, by pretending to be infatuated with the man. Mary's scheme is successful when Nan, in an effort to get even, confesses all and clears Howard's name. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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