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12 October 1911 (USA) See more »
Louis Perry is discharged from the penitentiary, having served his sentence. He immediately resumes relations with his evil companions... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

King Baggot ... Louis Perry - a Reformed Crook

Mary Pickford ... Lillian Garvey - a Salvation Army Lass

Owen Moore

Directed by
Thomas H. Ince 
Produced by
Carl Laemmle .... producer
Cinematography by
Tony Gaudio 

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Also Known As:
"Going Straight" - USA (reissue title)
"Mary's Convert" - USA (reissue title)
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10 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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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 picture has what one may safely call a grip, 26 April 2016
Author: deickemeyer from Chicago

Two or three years ago a very clever vaudeville sketch called "The Undertow" was going the rounds of the different circuits. The same story is here told in pictures, but much that is merely implied in the sketch is fully told in the film story. The hero is just out of prison and is in love with and marries a good little woman. He is trying to lead an honest life, but the "undertow" (the influence of both his old associates and of the police) is very hard to contend with. The climax is brought about by a woman of the streets who comes to his room and tells his wife that she is going to get him back in the old ways again. He is absent, having gone for a doctor to help a child whom he has just rescued. The evil woman hides her purse and accuses him of theft. The policeman finds the purse and is about to make an arrest when he discovers that the hurt child is his own. The trouble is then straightened out. The picture has what one may safely call a grip. - The Moving Picture World, October 21, 1911

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