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The 10 Apr 1920 Camera announced that filming was set to begin 20 Apr ... More Less

The 10 Apr 1920 Camera announced that filming was set to begin 20 Apr 1920. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Camera
20 Apr 1920
p. 6.
Exhibitors Trade Review
30 Oct 20
p. 2277.
Motion Picture News
16 Oct 20
p. 3017.
Motion Picture News
30 Oct 20
p. 3447.
Moving Picture World
28 Nov 1920.
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New York Morning Telegraph
24 Oct 1920.
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Wid's Daily
24 Oct 20
p. 2.
DETAILS
Release Date:
24 October 1920
Production Date:
began 20 April 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Pathé Exchange, inc.
Copyright Date:
2 October 1920
Copyright Number:
LU15598
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6-7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

"Sailor" Burke, en route to prison for a murder he did not commit, escapes and takes a job as a stoker in a ship's engine room. Once on board, Burke's luck worsens when Judge Wray, who sentenced him, boards the ship with Jack Ronsdale, who recognizes the fugitive. Ronsdale identifies Burke, who is then imprisoned on the ship, but escapes during a violent storm. After saving the judge's daughter Jocelyn, who was swept overboard, Burke is cast off by Ronsdale and left to drown. Swimming to a nearby island, he discovers some law books cast adrift in the wreckage, and begins to study them. Ten years pass and Burke reappears in San Francisco as John Steele, criminal lawyer. He meets Jocelyn again, and the two fall in love. Ronsdale also reappears in Steele's life and, after recognizing him, has Jim Gillett, a detective, follow him. Steele eludes Gillett and uncovers Tom Rogers, a witness who clears him of the crime while indicting Ronsdale as the true criminal. Jocelyn then seeks out the exonerated Steele and forgives his past, thus offering him another chance at life with the woman he ... +


"Sailor" Burke, en route to prison for a murder he did not commit, escapes and takes a job as a stoker in a ship's engine room. Once on board, Burke's luck worsens when Judge Wray, who sentenced him, boards the ship with Jack Ronsdale, who recognizes the fugitive. Ronsdale identifies Burke, who is then imprisoned on the ship, but escapes during a violent storm. After saving the judge's daughter Jocelyn, who was swept overboard, Burke is cast off by Ronsdale and left to drown. Swimming to a nearby island, he discovers some law books cast adrift in the wreckage, and begins to study them. Ten years pass and Burke reappears in San Francisco as John Steele, criminal lawyer. He meets Jocelyn again, and the two fall in love. Ronsdale also reappears in Steele's life and, after recognizing him, has Jim Gillett, a detective, follow him. Steele eludes Gillett and uncovers Tom Rogers, a witness who clears him of the crime while indicting Ronsdale as the true criminal. Jocelyn then seeks out the exonerated Steele and forgives his past, thus offering him another chance at life with the woman he loves. +

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

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