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CREDIT TYPE
CREDIT
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
24 Feb 17
p. 838.
MPN
3 Mar 17
p. 1422.
MPW
3 Mar 17
p. 1372, 1405
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 February 1917
Copyright Info
Claimant
DATE
CopyrightNumber
Universal Film Mfg. Co., Inc.
20 February 1917
LP10231
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Lieut. Governor Oliver Barnitz accedes to the governorship when his predecessor, failing to call out the militia during a riot at the Wilmot plant, is shot and killed by terrorist Oliver Poole. Faced with the dilemma of whether or not to commute the assassin's death sentence, Barnitz falls into a troubled sleep and dreams of being forced to cast judgement on his father in a similar position. Rather than sentence his father to death, Barnitz takes his own life. Awakening from what has been a dream, Barnitz decides, urged on by his fiancée, Ellen Wilmot, to commute the murderer's sentence to life imprisonment. He does so at the last minute, but the strain has been too great and the condemned man dies from heart ...

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Lieut. Governor Oliver Barnitz accedes to the governorship when his predecessor, failing to call out the militia during a riot at the Wilmot plant, is shot and killed by terrorist Oliver Poole. Faced with the dilemma of whether or not to commute the assassin's death sentence, Barnitz falls into a troubled sleep and dreams of being forced to cast judgement on his father in a similar position. Rather than sentence his father to death, Barnitz takes his own life. Awakening from what has been a dream, Barnitz decides, urged on by his fiancée, Ellen Wilmot, to commute the murderer's sentence to life imprisonment. He does so at the last minute, but the strain has been too great and the condemned man dies from heart failure.

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GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Social


Subject
Subject (Major):

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

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