The Curious Conduct of Judge Legarde (1915)

Drama | April 1915

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HISTORY

The play was based on a German work by Paul Lindau, a playwright, novelist and essayist. All of the exteriors for this film were shot indoors in the studio.The film was re-released in 1920 under the title Valley of Night . At that time, reviews listed the production company as Monopol Pictures Co. and one of the State Rights distributors as Producers' Picture Corp. Reviews for the 1920 re-release added or altered character names as noted ... More Less

The play was based on a German work by Paul Lindau, a playwright, novelist and essayist. All of the exteriors for this film were shot indoors in the studio.The film was re-released in 1920 under the title Valley of Night . At that time, reviews listed the production company as Monopol Pictures Co. and one of the State Rights distributors as Producers' Picture Corp. Reviews for the 1920 re-release added or altered character names as noted above. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
ETR
27 Dec 1919
p. 421.
Motog
20 Mar 1915
p. 450.
Motog
17 Apr 1915
p. 610, 635
MPN
10 Apr 1915
p. 57.
MPW
24 Nov 1917
p. 3617, 3674
MPW
1 May 1915
p. 808.
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LITERARY
Based on the play The Curious Conduct of Judge Legarde by Victor Mapes, Louis Forest (Washington, D. C., 28 Feb 1912).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Valley of Night
Release Date:
April 1915
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Judge Randolph Legarde refuses to accept a plea that a woman's dual personality, one good the other evil, caused her to commit a crime. Later, however, when Legarde has an accident to his head, it causes him to take on an invidious personality at night and become the leader of a gang of thieves, while remaining a sober judge in the daylight. His fiancée, Agnes Caverly, and her father, a lawyer, notice his disturbance at times, but they attribute it to overwork. Legarde becomes infatuated with Amelia Garside, who accuses him of being the judge who earlier sentenced her. When he vehemently denies this, she falls in love with him. After "The Quill," a stool pigeon, tells the police of Legarde's plan to rob his own home, Legarde's gang is captured. Agnes' father, sensing the truth about Legarde, hires a brain specialist who cures him. Legarde then marries Agnes, leaving Amelia, whose innocence has been established, ... +


Judge Randolph Legarde refuses to accept a plea that a woman's dual personality, one good the other evil, caused her to commit a crime. Later, however, when Legarde has an accident to his head, it causes him to take on an invidious personality at night and become the leader of a gang of thieves, while remaining a sober judge in the daylight. His fiancée, Agnes Caverly, and her father, a lawyer, notice his disturbance at times, but they attribute it to overwork. Legarde becomes infatuated with Amelia Garside, who accuses him of being the judge who earlier sentenced her. When he vehemently denies this, she falls in love with him. After "The Quill," a stool pigeon, tells the police of Legarde's plan to rob his own home, Legarde's gang is captured. Agnes' father, sensing the truth about Legarde, hires a brain specialist who cures him. Legarde then marries Agnes, leaving Amelia, whose innocence has been established, brokenhearted. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Crime


Subject
Subject (Major):

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

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