An ex-convict has a happy life until his past is exposed, and he is forced to return to crime to feed his child.





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A New Lease of Life: Convict No. 900 is released from prison. Handicapped by poverty, disgrace and weakness, resolved to begin life anew. Hastens homeward to see his wife and child. Man's Inhumanity to Man: He finds a position as shipping clerk and does well. Wife's and child's happiness his incentive. Works hard, but detectives spot him, and he is discharged. "Trying Again:" Undismayed, he starts to find another position. Without friends or influence, it is a hard task. Returns home to find his child sick. Unable to get medical assistance. "Nil Desperandum:" Every hand against him. Everywhere refused work. Is well-nigh discouraged. Fight on, bravely, hoping against hope. A Hero at Heart: Wild excitement on the street. Runaway team about to dash a child to death. No. 900, at the risk of his life, saves the child Modestly retires, a nameless hero. Back to the Old Life: After a weary struggle, rebuffed everywhere, he gives up the fight, determines to return to thieving. Gets his tools ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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16 October 1908 (USA)  »

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L'oro nascosto  »

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Adapted from a vaudeville sketch by Robert Hilliard. See more »

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Of thrilling interest
1 March 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Of thrilling interest and the scenes are acted and produced in a manner that upholds the Edison name. The way of the world is clearly shown in the story, which depicts the vain struggles of a discharged convict, determined to lead a model life, but who is hounded by the police and ostracized by his fellow man until he is driven to desperation. In attempting a burglary he is recognized by a little girl whose life he has saved and her wealthy father provides for the convict's family. The audience in Keith's showed the keenest interest and approval of this subject; pity that there were not more productions of this kind. One thing we could not understand, the master of the house switched off the lights when the family retired for the night, but neglected to turn on the light during the séance with the burglar, which presumably takes place all in darkness. – The Moving Picture World, October 24, 1908

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