John Walters, foreman of a construction gang, at work on the river in Chicago, has occasion to reprimand one of his laborers, James Brown, for loitering at his work. A quarrel follows, in ... See full summary »
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John Walters, foreman of a construction gang, at work on the river in Chicago, has occasion to reprimand one of his laborers, James Brown, for loitering at his work. A quarrel follows, in which Brown is worsted by Walters and later the laborer is heard to make threats against the life of the foreman. The next day Brown receives his check and is told that he is no longer needed. Brown and Walters are alone and Brown, still determined to carry out his threat, again attacks the foreman, but is again defeated. Walters then pleads with Brown to make up their quarrel, which the latter finally agrees to do. Walters turns to go, but slipping on a wet plank plunges head first into the river. Unable to swim Brown finds it impossible to rescue the man, and a moment later when two policemen arrive on the scene and when it is finally decided that Walters has been drowned, they arrest the laborer, charging him with murder. Wallets, however, is not drowned, and has effected a landing on a rude sort ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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26 September 1911 (USA)  »

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There are too many impossibilities in the picture for it to be a great picture
17 April 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Through an accident, good and valuable years were lost to two men. One, the foreman of a working gang, was supposed to have been murdered. He fell into the river, was carried by the current under the docks and shanghaied. The other, a workman, was accused of murdering him and sentenced to life imprisonment, which was plainly unconstitutional since the murdered body wasn't found. The foreman, cast away in a strange land, gets work, marries and forgets his old associations. Thirty years later, the convicted man applies for a pardon, but is refused. An account of this is printed in a newspaper where it is read by the one-time foreman, who at once comes forward and the man is released. There are too many impossibilities in the picture for it to be a great picture, but it gives a chance for some remarkably human acting that is surely well worth seeing. - The Moving Picture World, October 7, 1911


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