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This film had its premiere in Los Angeles on 15 Aug 1920. According to an interview with Clarence Brown, he and John Gilbert wrote the scenario for the ... More Less

This film had its premiere in Los Angeles on 15 Aug 1920. According to an interview with Clarence Brown, he and John Gilbert wrote the scenario for the film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
4 Sep 20
p. 1575.
MPN
4 Sep 20
p. 1943.
MPN
12 Nov 21
p. 1668.
MPW
4 Sep 20
p. 65.
New York Times
25 Oct 20
p. 18.
NYDM
28 Aug 20
p. 384.
Wid's
29 Aug 20
p. 2.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 October 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Maurice Tourneur Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
15 February 1920
Copyright Number:
LP15207
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Holdup man Dan Malloy is unable to reform for the girl he loves. The sheriff, his rival for the girl's affections, arranges a robbery in which Dan is trapped and sentenced to ten years in jail. Languishing in prison, Dan makes use of his artistic ability to sketch a figure of Christ on the wall of his cell. The next day, as a blasphemous murderer is lead to the gallows, he passes the drawing and is miraculously offered a vision of salvation through Christ. Dan sees the miracle and feels himself an instrument in God's hands. He begins to read the Bible, and as visiting artists view the portrait, they are astonished at the workmanship. Finally, a recommendation for Dan's pardon goes to the governor, and soon afterward, the reformed bandit steps out into the light a free man. Dan goes back to the girl who loves him, at last worthy of her ... +


Holdup man Dan Malloy is unable to reform for the girl he loves. The sheriff, his rival for the girl's affections, arranges a robbery in which Dan is trapped and sentenced to ten years in jail. Languishing in prison, Dan makes use of his artistic ability to sketch a figure of Christ on the wall of his cell. The next day, as a blasphemous murderer is lead to the gallows, he passes the drawing and is miraculously offered a vision of salvation through Christ. Dan sees the miracle and feels himself an instrument in God's hands. He begins to read the Bible, and as visiting artists view the portrait, they are astonished at the workmanship. Finally, a recommendation for Dan's pardon goes to the governor, and soon afterward, the reformed bandit steps out into the light a free man. Dan goes back to the girl who loves him, at last worthy of her love. +

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

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