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This film was also known as The Crookedest Man in the World . One MPW item credits Frank MacQuarrie with the role of Philadelphia Johnson; while Mary MacDonald is credited with the role of Randolph Shorb's girlfriend, named Dora ... More Less

This film was also known as The Crookedest Man in the World . One MPW item credits Frank MacQuarrie with the role of Philadelphia Johnson; while Mary MacDonald is credited with the role of Randolph Shorb's girlfriend, named Dora Dean. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
16 Feb 18
p. 909.
ETR
23 Feb 18
p. 994.
MPN
9 Mar 18
p. 1469.
MPW
16 Feb 18
p. 1036.
Variety
15 Mar 18
p. 47.
Wid's
28 Feb 18
p. 976.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Crookedest Man in the World
Release Date:
18 February 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Film Mfg. Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
7 February 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12036
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When his father commits suicide after being ruined by dishonest stockbroker Abner Hinman, Randolph Shorb resolves to gain revenge and rebuild his fortune by whatever means necessary. With the aid of notorious crook Philadelphia Johnson, Randolph becomes the head of a gang of thieves and is thereafter known as The Ferret. Joe Freeman, the brother of Randolph's girlfriend Mary, moves to the city, where he is robbed by Johnson and forced to hold up a bank. Mary learns of Joe's troubles and rushes to the city to help him but is lured to a roominghouse and attacked by Johnson. Joe disappears with the intention of committing suicide, after which Randolph, frantic over both Joe and Mary, goes to the power house and flashes a message in Morse code over all of the city's electric lights. Through his message, Joe regains hope and Mary is rescued. After the gang's arrest, Randolph vows to lead an honest ... +


When his father commits suicide after being ruined by dishonest stockbroker Abner Hinman, Randolph Shorb resolves to gain revenge and rebuild his fortune by whatever means necessary. With the aid of notorious crook Philadelphia Johnson, Randolph becomes the head of a gang of thieves and is thereafter known as The Ferret. Joe Freeman, the brother of Randolph's girlfriend Mary, moves to the city, where he is robbed by Johnson and forced to hold up a bank. Mary learns of Joe's troubles and rushes to the city to help him but is lured to a roominghouse and attacked by Johnson. Joe disappears with the intention of committing suicide, after which Randolph, frantic over both Joe and Mary, goes to the power house and flashes a message in Morse code over all of the city's electric lights. Through his message, Joe regains hope and Mary is rescued. After the gang's arrest, Randolph vows to lead an honest life. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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