Paying the Price (1927)

62 mins | Melodrama | 5 April 1927

Director:

David Selman

Writer:

Dorothy Howell

Producer:

Harry Cohn

Cinematographer:

George Meehan

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
12 Jun 1927.
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Variety
1 Jun 1927
p. 24.
DETAILS
Release Date:
5 April 1927
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
2 April 1927
Copyright Number:
LP23823
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
62
Length(in feet):
5,558
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Basil Payson, a heavy loser at a fashionable gambling club owned by Michael Donovan, confronts Donovan with evidence of cheating and finds himself accused, on circumstantial evidence, of the owner's murder. As Payson is about to be found guilty by the jury, a dissenting juror, Thomas Gordon, admits to being guilty of the crime and in a flashback reveals his story: Following a church service, in which the minister condemns a nearby town for its evil conditions, Gordon is coaxed by his daughters into visiting the town. Al and Donovan have the family drugged in a cafe and carry off the unconscious girls. Mrs. Gordon, with the aid of the minister, finds the villains and the abducted girls. Gordon, learning of the story, goes to Donovan's home and kills him. The jury, however, convinced he has rid them of a public menace, free Payson and pledge not to reveal Gordon's ... +


Basil Payson, a heavy loser at a fashionable gambling club owned by Michael Donovan, confronts Donovan with evidence of cheating and finds himself accused, on circumstantial evidence, of the owner's murder. As Payson is about to be found guilty by the jury, a dissenting juror, Thomas Gordon, admits to being guilty of the crime and in a flashback reveals his story: Following a church service, in which the minister condemns a nearby town for its evil conditions, Gordon is coaxed by his daughters into visiting the town. Al and Donovan have the family drugged in a cafe and carry off the unconscious girls. Mrs. Gordon, with the aid of the minister, finds the villains and the abducted girls. Gordon, learning of the story, goes to Donovan's home and kills him. The jury, however, convinced he has rid them of a public menace, free Payson and pledge not to reveal Gordon's story. +

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