Alias Jimmy Valentine (1920)

Drama | 1920

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HISTORY

The play was based on O. Henry's short story "A Retrieved Reformation," published in Cosmopolitan Magazine in Apr 1903. Scenes from the film were shot at the Arizona State Penitentiary in Florence, AZ. Ripley appears to have started directing the film, but Mortimer is credited as director in the few trade reviews that give a director's credit. A contemporary trade article states that Mary Beaton was brought to Hollywood to act in the film; it is unclear whether she appeared in the released version. Another contemporary trade article lists six people who worked on the film in some capacity: Nate Watt, Jack Huddleston, Ben Critchley, Mrs. Mayon, Clyde Dunbar and Frank Williams. Mrs. Mayon may be the actress Florence Mayon. One modern source lists Nellie Anderson as a cast member. For information on other films based on Armstrong's play, see listing above for the 1915 World Film Corp. ... More Less

The play was based on O. Henry's short story "A Retrieved Reformation," published in Cosmopolitan Magazine in Apr 1903. Scenes from the film were shot at the Arizona State Penitentiary in Florence, AZ. Ripley appears to have started directing the film, but Mortimer is credited as director in the few trade reviews that give a director's credit. A contemporary trade article states that Mary Beaton was brought to Hollywood to act in the film; it is unclear whether she appeared in the released version. Another contemporary trade article lists six people who worked on the film in some capacity: Nate Watt, Jack Huddleston, Ben Critchley, Mrs. Mayon, Clyde Dunbar and Frank Williams. Mrs. Mayon may be the actress Florence Mayon. One modern source lists Nellie Anderson as a cast member. For information on other films based on Armstrong's play, see listing above for the 1915 World Film Corp. version. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
17 Apr 20
p. 2282.
MPN
3 Apr 20
p. 3324.
MPN
17 Apr 20
p. 3559.
MPN
14 Aug 20
p. 1407.
MPW
17 Jan 20
p. 396.
MPW
17 Apr 20
p. 456.
New York Times
19 Apr 20
p. 13.
Photoplay
1 Jul 20
p. 120.
Variety
23 Apr 20
pp. 42-43.
Wid's
11 Apr 20
p. 3.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1920
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
14 April 1920
Copyright Number:
LP15012
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

While serving a term in prison, safecracker Lee Randall, alias Jimmy Valentine, is recognized by visiting reformer Rose Lane as a man who once protected her from assault. Rose's interest sparks Jimmy's reform, and with the help of her uncle, a pardon is secured. Jimmy takes a position in a bank of which Rose's father is president; after three years of honest employment Jimmy proposes marriage to Rose. However, the couple's happiness is threatened by the appearance of hard-boiled Detective Doyle, who believes Jimmy guilty of an earlier Massachusetts bank robbery. Jimmy devises such a clever alibi that Doyle finally thinks himself mistaken. Before Doyle leaves, Rose's small sister is accidentally locked in a new bank vault. Although he knows he is convicting himself, Jimmy cracks the vault in the detective's presence without hesitation. Impressed by this altruism, Doyle drops his investigation and leaves Jimmy to his future wife and ... +


While serving a term in prison, safecracker Lee Randall, alias Jimmy Valentine, is recognized by visiting reformer Rose Lane as a man who once protected her from assault. Rose's interest sparks Jimmy's reform, and with the help of her uncle, a pardon is secured. Jimmy takes a position in a bank of which Rose's father is president; after three years of honest employment Jimmy proposes marriage to Rose. However, the couple's happiness is threatened by the appearance of hard-boiled Detective Doyle, who believes Jimmy guilty of an earlier Massachusetts bank robbery. Jimmy devises such a clever alibi that Doyle finally thinks himself mistaken. Before Doyle leaves, Rose's small sister is accidentally locked in a new bank vault. Although he knows he is convicting himself, Jimmy cracks the vault in the detective's presence without hesitation. Impressed by this altruism, Doyle drops his investigation and leaves Jimmy to his future wife and happiness. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Crime


Subject

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

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