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The film's premiere was at the ballroom of the Hotel Astor in New York on 17 Sep ... More Less

The film's premiere was at the ballroom of the Hotel Astor in New York on 17 Sep 1920. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
MPN
2 Oct 20
p. 2634, 2655-59, 2707
MPN
30 Oct 20
p. 3403.
MPN
20 Nov 20
p. 3910.
MPN
11 Jun 21
p. 639.
MPW
2 Oct 20
p. 688.
New York Morning Telegraph
26 Sep 1920.
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Wid's
26 Sep 20
p. 3.
DETAILS
Release Date:
3 October 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Robertson-Cole Distributing Corp.
Copyright Date:
3 October 1920
Copyright Number:
LP15931
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The Rev. Robert Martin, having been deserted by his wife years earlier, seizes upon that injustice as an excuse to lead a life of crime. Martin preaches the gospel while his band of pickpockets relieve his worshipppers of their hard earned money. When his daughter Joan, who is unaware of her father's nefarious practices, joins the troupe, the reverend decides to make his last crooked deal. That night, a great thunderstorm sweeps through the area, and while the reverend is standing at the window, a bolt of lightning blinds him and sets fire to the house. In the flames, Joan is overcome with smoke and the reverend prays for her recovery. Miraculously, his prayers are answered, restoring the holy man's faith. With their leader's conversion, the members of his troupe also reform and the reverend finally is rewarded when his wife and his sight are both restored to ... +


The Rev. Robert Martin, having been deserted by his wife years earlier, seizes upon that injustice as an excuse to lead a life of crime. Martin preaches the gospel while his band of pickpockets relieve his worshipppers of their hard earned money. When his daughter Joan, who is unaware of her father's nefarious practices, joins the troupe, the reverend decides to make his last crooked deal. That night, a great thunderstorm sweeps through the area, and while the reverend is standing at the window, a bolt of lightning blinds him and sets fire to the house. In the flames, Joan is overcome with smoke and the reverend prays for her recovery. Miraculously, his prayers are answered, restoring the holy man's faith. With their leader's conversion, the members of his troupe also reform and the reverend finally is rewarded when his wife and his sight are both restored to him. +

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

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