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Some of the subplots of the film cannot be summarized, as copyright information has deteriorated and reviews are inconclusive. Concerning the film's depiction of the Russian characters, Var commented, "No effort is spared to drive home the insidious methods of Russian aliens disseminating the gospel of Bolshevism among labor organizations in this country. The filthy, repulsive appearance of the Russian alien characters as depicted in the picture cause one to shrink and ... More Less

Some of the subplots of the film cannot be summarized, as copyright information has deteriorated and reviews are inconclusive. Concerning the film's depiction of the Russian characters, Var commented, "No effort is spared to drive home the insidious methods of Russian aliens disseminating the gospel of Bolshevism among labor organizations in this country. The filthy, repulsive appearance of the Russian alien characters as depicted in the picture cause one to shrink and sudder." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
MPN
6 Mar 20
p. 2337.
MPW
6 Mar 20
p. 1656.
Variety
21 May 20
p. 34.
DETAILS
Release Date:
March 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Distributing Corp.
Copyright Date:
21 April 1920
Copyright Number:
LU15067
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Countries:
Canada, United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Jim McDonald, the foreman of a shipbuilding plant and head of the labor union, strives to combat the anarchistic propaganda being put forth by Klimoff, the leader of a Bolshevik gang whose goal is to disrupt the country with strikes and anarchy. Despite McDonald's efforts, a strike is called, resulting in chaos. McDonald's child is knocked down by runaway horses abandoned by their striking driver, and dies. Mob scenes take place in America, as well as in Russia. Eventually, the unrest is quelled with an armistice called between Capital and Labor for a year, during which time wages are to be increased to reflect the cost of living, and leaders are to work out a common plan for their mutual advantage. The strikers now realize that they have been pawns of the Bolsheviks and call off the strike, agreeing to the ... +


Jim McDonald, the foreman of a shipbuilding plant and head of the labor union, strives to combat the anarchistic propaganda being put forth by Klimoff, the leader of a Bolshevik gang whose goal is to disrupt the country with strikes and anarchy. Despite McDonald's efforts, a strike is called, resulting in chaos. McDonald's child is knocked down by runaway horses abandoned by their striking driver, and dies. Mob scenes take place in America, as well as in Russia. Eventually, the unrest is quelled with an armistice called between Capital and Labor for a year, during which time wages are to be increased to reflect the cost of living, and leaders are to work out a common plan for their mutual advantage. The strikers now realize that they have been pawns of the Bolsheviks and call off the strike, agreeing to the plan. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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