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The 25 Aug 1917 Motion Picture News reported that director Jack Conway spent six consecutive days trying to get the perfect sunset scene, in order to complete the film. Conway found a "very desirable location" along the Pacific Ocean, but every night a cloud spoiled the "psychological" moment. At last report, Conway still did not have the sunset he wanted.
       A week later, the 1 Sep 1917 Motion Picture News noted that the film was completed under the working title Judgment of the Guilty.
       This film was released under the title Sandstormen (a.k.a. The Sand Storm) in ... More Less

The 25 Aug 1917 Motion Picture News reported that director Jack Conway spent six consecutive days trying to get the perfect sunset scene, in order to complete the film. Conway found a "very desirable location" along the Pacific Ocean, but every night a cloud spoiled the "psychological" moment. At last report, Conway still did not have the sunset he wanted.
       A week later, the 1 Sep 1917 Motion Picture News noted that the film was completed under the working title Judgment of the Guilty.
       This film was released under the title Sandstormen (a.k.a. The Sand Storm) in 1920. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture News
25 Aug 1917
p. 1310.
Motion Picture News
1 Sep 1917
p. 1485.
Moving Picture World
29 Sep 1917
p. 2007.
Moving Picture World
13 Oct 1917
p. 300.
NYDM
22 Sep 1917
p. 19.
Variety
17 Mar 1917
p. 1760.
Wid's
20 Sep 1917
p. 604.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Judgment of the Guilty
Sandstormen
The Sand Storm
Release Date:
23 September 1917
Production Date:
ended August 1917
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Camden McClure, judge of the Circuit Court, is a fanatical advocate of law enforcement until he kills his brother during a fight. Fleeing from his crime, the judge hires Cal Nelson as his guide through the Western badlands. While crossing the desert, they meet Mary Jackson, who is lost and exhausted. Mary recovers, but the judge suffers heatstroke and, in his delirium, confesses his crime to Mary. To assuage his guilt, Mary admits that she is a murderer, too, and the couple decide to get married. However, when the judge reads that his brother is alive, he once again adheres to the letter of the law and denounces Mary to the authorities. Cal, who has fallen in love with Mary, carries her to the desert to escape the sheriff, and there Mary admits that she fabricated her crime to relieve the judge. The judge then discovers that his brother is actually dead. He follows the fugitives into the desert, but is killed in a sandstorm, thus freeing Mary to wed ... +


Camden McClure, judge of the Circuit Court, is a fanatical advocate of law enforcement until he kills his brother during a fight. Fleeing from his crime, the judge hires Cal Nelson as his guide through the Western badlands. While crossing the desert, they meet Mary Jackson, who is lost and exhausted. Mary recovers, but the judge suffers heatstroke and, in his delirium, confesses his crime to Mary. To assuage his guilt, Mary admits that she is a murderer, too, and the couple decide to get married. However, when the judge reads that his brother is alive, he once again adheres to the letter of the law and denounces Mary to the authorities. Cal, who has fallen in love with Mary, carries her to the desert to escape the sheriff, and there Mary admits that she fabricated her crime to relieve the judge. The judge then discovers that his brother is actually dead. He follows the fugitives into the desert, but is killed in a sandstorm, thus freeing Mary to wed Cal. +

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