After robbing a bank, a criminal is wrongfully pardoned from prison.

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After robbing a bank, a criminal is wrongfully pardoned from prison.

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22 February 1915 (USA)  »

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Jimmy le mystérieux  »

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well worth seeing
18 August 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie has some fast-forwardable scenes, and also a few plot problems (some possibly due to missing footage), but its virtues make it very worthwhile. The photography and lighting are simply beautiful, and Tourneur creates some highly inventive shots. (The birdseye view of the heist is the most obvious example.) Most of the performers are excellent--especially Robert Warwick and the engaging John Hines--and even the bit characters, such as forger Blinkey Davis, are memorable. It's interesting to see how quickly silent-film acting progressed in its early years; the 1912 D.W. Griffith short on the same tape is much less sophisticated in that respect. The story of "Alias Jimmy Valentine" is a bit too "improving" for modern tastes, and the theme of Valentine's double life is not very well explored, but the film presents a fascinating look at "the underworld" in 1915.


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