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The Better Way (1911)

 |  Drama, Short  |  12 October 1911 (USA)
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Cast overview:
King Baggot ...
Louis Perry - a Reformed Crook
Lillian Garvey - a Salvation Army Lass


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Drama | Short





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12 October 1911 (USA)  »

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Going Straight  »

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This film was reissued in 1922 with new, comedic, titles as a spoof on itself and was reviewed as such in the New York Times, 28 March 1922. See more »

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The Better Way - Lost 1911 silent film
27 July 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Tracking down an original 1911 synopsis for this lost film is all I can offer the reader.

The Better Way - The reformation of a criminal through the influence of a Salvation Army worker furnishes a theme for a very interesting story, replete with pathos and the right sort of appeal.

The erstwhile leader of a bad gang is released form prison only to join his former associates and resume a career of crime. The woman of the underworld, with whom he has associated before his conviction, again exerts her power over him and he is fairly launched on his downward career, when he meets a sweet, sympathetic Salvation Army woman who immediately becomes interested in him. The good influence triumphs over the bad and he endeavors to secure work. However, his old nemesis in the way of his record of crime pursues him and when he is engaged an officer lays bare his past and he is promptly arrested. How the leader finally marries the faithful girl and assists her in her work and triumphs is a sad story. The former sweetheart endeavors to win him back to a life of crime and nearly succeeds when fortune favours him and all is made clear to the officers, who exonerate him. The gang is informed of his conversion and the influence on the abandoned woman is deemed salutary by reason of the kindness of the wife of the ex-convict.

A favourable storyline for the time, good triumphing over evil was very popular with early film goers. A surviving scene still photo shows Mary Pickford clutched in the arms of the reformed hero at the climax of the story, with the other woman and a policeman looking on. King Baggot is listed playing Louis Perry, the reformed crook with Pickford playing Lillian Garvey, the Salvation Army Lass. Owen Moore was in this film, but his role is not listed. Directed by Thomas H. Ince, this remains another tragic lost silent film for those interested in studying this early genre and the early films of Mary Pickford.

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