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Blind Justice (1916)

Hævnens Nat (original title)
A criminal escapes from prison, however a betrayal leads to his second arrest.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Benjamin Christensen ...
Strong Henry / Strong John Sikes (US version) (as Benjmain Christie)
Karen Caspersen ...
Ann (as Karen Sandberg)
Peter Fjelstrup ...
Charles Wilken ...
Ulla Johansen
Jon Iversen
Aage Schmidt
Mathilde Nielsen
Carl Gottschalksen
Grethe Brandes
Elith Pio
Fritz Lamprecht
Osvald Helmuth
Otto Reinwald
Jørgen Lund
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A simple-minded circus strongman, John Sikes, has been wrongly accused of a crime committed by Wilken. On the run with his infant son, he enters an affluent house and seeks help from Ann, but is taken captive and imprisoned. Fourteen years pass. Ann has married Dr. Richard West. John, a broken man, is released early for good behaviour. He goes to find his son Robert at the orphanage, but the boy was adopted years before. A flashback shows the baby being adopted by Ann. "Slim" Sam Morton runs a ring of thieves specializing in dog-napping. John knows one of them from prison. One of the gang sells a dog to Dr. West. He also steals the keys to West's country house, The Lindens. The thieves burgle the house. In the sack of loot, John finds a box belonging to Ann, the woman he believes betrayed him years before... Written by David Carless

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Sequel to Det hemmelighedsfulde X (1914). See more »

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Silent Mystery
20 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

Almost a century after it was made, this did play in Berlin at the International Festival. Did it look a bit dated? You bet it did. From the film itself, its plot up to the acting (there are scenes in it, that are almost comical, because it's obvious that the actor is trying to fool the viewer into thinking an accident is happening).

This still has an impact though, which comes down to its story and the fact that the characters do have more than one dimension. Clichés can not be avoided, but that could not be otherwise especially because back then they weren't considered clichés (not that many movies to make things that obvious that is). The moral tale is a nice one, the overacting might throw you off a bit, but overall this is a fine example of what good movies looked "back in the day" ...


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