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Cast overview:
Louis Percival
James Ralston
Baron Hartfeld
Frederick Perry ...
Captain Redwood
William Roselle ...
Lord Drelincourt
Marguerite Leslie ...
Nina L'Estrange


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Crime | Drama





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3 June 1915 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Was not shot in 3-D as previously reported. According to the Moving Picture World, some test footage was shot of (among other things) John Mason enacting scenes from the film (although not specifically from the film). Marie Doro has often been miscredited as being in "Jim the Penman," but was actually a subject of another test. "Jim the Penman" as a feature was shot flat and released flat only. See more »


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Jim the Penman (1915) -- Lost Silent
31 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Nina L'Estrange ( Marguerite Leslie ) chooses to marry Louis Percival ( Harold Lockwood ) over his rival and friend, bank cashier James Ralston ( John Mason ). After Percival goes to Chicago to take care of his inheritance, Ralston forges a letter to Nina from Percival breaking the engagement. She marries Ralston and they move to London, where Ralston begins a forging operation with Baron Hartfeld ( Russell Bassett ) and amasses a fortune, though no one suspects that he is the notorious "Jim the Penman." After Ralston and Hartfeld successfully steal the famous Drelincourt necklace, Ralston learns that his daughter is engaged to Lord Drelincourt ( William Roselle ). He tries to return the necklace, but Hartfeld refuses to give it up. Captain Redwood ( Frederick Perry ), an English aristocrat and amateur detective, overhears their disagreement. He recovers the necklace and obtains $75,000 "hush money" from Ralston, which he gives to Percival, whom Jim the Penman earlier robbed. Although Nina learns about Ralston's forgeries, she overlooks them for the sake of their daughter who is about to marry. On the eve of the wedding, Ralston, now remorseful, dies of heart failure while arguing with Hartfeld. Redwood then apprehends Hartfeld.

This 1915 silent crime/drama was the first film version of the famous stage mystery. Produced by the Famous Players Film Company, Adolph Zukor's kept his efforts to recruit famous stage actors for films, casting stage actor John B. Mason, in his debut film, Mason had played the part on the stage in the 1910 season on Broadway. Jim the Penman also starred up and coming actor Harold Lockwood. Sadly this film now remains a lost silent.

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