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The story first appeared in serialized form in The Saturday Evening Post . The film had a pre-release showing at the Broadway Theatre in New York on 23 Mar 1919. Some sources list the film as a Jewel Productions, Inc. ... More Less

The story first appeared in serialized form in The Saturday Evening Post . The film had a pre-release showing at the Broadway Theatre in New York on 23 Mar 1919. Some sources list the film as a Jewel Productions, Inc. release. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
MPN
12 Apr 19
p. 2352.
MPN
26 Apr 19
p. 2651.
MPW
29 Mar 19
p. 1836.
New York Morning Telegraph
6 Sep 19
p. 1529.
Variety
28 Mar 19
p. 93.
Wid's
6 Apr 19
p. 29.
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 April 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Film Mfg. Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
31 March 1919
Copyright Number:
LP13559
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,776
Length(in reels):
6-7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Bearded ex-convicts Richard Hatton and Chris Cotterill get work as printers, their prison vocation, at the Olwell Press. When owner Richard Olwell, who is about to divorce his wife and elope with his stenographer, Maggie Driver, discovers that they are ex-cons, he sends them away without pay. They go to Olwell's home and are fed dinner by Mrs. Olwell, when Olwell arrives intoxicated to get money for his elopement. He orders his wife out of the house and fights with Hatton and Cotterill. When Olwell dies after hitting his head on the fireplace, Hatton shaves and assumes Olwell's identity, saying that the dead man is Hatton and that Cotterill is his new foreman. Mrs. Olwell begins to love her "husband," and when Hatton tells her who he is, she switches her dead husband's fingerprint records with Hatton's at the police station, run by her cousin, to save Hatton from ... +


Bearded ex-convicts Richard Hatton and Chris Cotterill get work as printers, their prison vocation, at the Olwell Press. When owner Richard Olwell, who is about to divorce his wife and elope with his stenographer, Maggie Driver, discovers that they are ex-cons, he sends them away without pay. They go to Olwell's home and are fed dinner by Mrs. Olwell, when Olwell arrives intoxicated to get money for his elopement. He orders his wife out of the house and fights with Hatton and Cotterill. When Olwell dies after hitting his head on the fireplace, Hatton shaves and assumes Olwell's identity, saying that the dead man is Hatton and that Cotterill is his new foreman. Mrs. Olwell begins to love her "husband," and when Hatton tells her who he is, she switches her dead husband's fingerprint records with Hatton's at the police station, run by her cousin, to save Hatton from detection. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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