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The working title of this picture was The Thug. The actor listed as Rudolph DeValentino later became known as Rudolph Valentino. ...

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The working title of this picture was The Thug. The actor listed as Rudolph DeValentino later became known as Rudolph Valentino.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
9 Oct 1920
p. 1997
MPN
9 Oct 1920
p. 2883
MPN
30 Oct 1920
p. 3348
MPW
30 Oct 1920
p. 3398
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Thug
Release Date:
27 September 1920
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Selznick Pictures Corp.
5 October 1920
LP15762
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,137
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Released from prison after a three year term, "Swagger" Barlow visits his old pal "Red" Dugan. Because of his pal's serious illness which requires prompt medical attention, "Swagger" forgoes his determination to go straight. After burglarizing a house to provide his friend with funds, Swagger dodges a suspicious detective by slipping into the Ritz Hotel lobby where he is mistaken for Lord Birmingham. Deciding to play along with the deception, Swagger is accepted as the nobleman, and at a soirée he meets Peggy Winton. Later, Swagger discovers that the lord has been kidnapped by the notorious crook Joe Klingsby, who intends to impersonate the nobleman for his own nefarious reasons. Swagger goes to the lord's rescue and changes places with him. Peggy is puzzled at the change in her sweetheart, and later that night Klingsby appears with a police officer, planning to expose Swagger. The officer recognizes Swagger, but arrests Klingsby instead. Swagger bids farewell to Peggy and promises to go straight, encouraged by the look in her ...

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Released from prison after a three year term, "Swagger" Barlow visits his old pal "Red" Dugan. Because of his pal's serious illness which requires prompt medical attention, "Swagger" forgoes his determination to go straight. After burglarizing a house to provide his friend with funds, Swagger dodges a suspicious detective by slipping into the Ritz Hotel lobby where he is mistaken for Lord Birmingham. Deciding to play along with the deception, Swagger is accepted as the nobleman, and at a soirée he meets Peggy Winton. Later, Swagger discovers that the lord has been kidnapped by the notorious crook Joe Klingsby, who intends to impersonate the nobleman for his own nefarious reasons. Swagger goes to the lord's rescue and changes places with him. Peggy is puzzled at the change in her sweetheart, and later that night Klingsby appears with a police officer, planning to expose Swagger. The officer recognizes Swagger, but arrests Klingsby instead. Swagger bids farewell to Peggy and promises to go straight, encouraged by the look in her eye.

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GENRE
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Sub-genre:
Crime


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Subject (Minor):
Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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