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Complete credited cast:
Dick Temple
Frank Whitson ...
Gilmore Hammond ...
T.D. Crittenden ...
Mr. Wilson
Gretchen Lederer ...
Mrs. Wilson
Lydia Yeamans Titus ...
Dick's Mother
Mark Fenton ...
Dick's Father
Georgia French ...
Baby Wilson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
J.H. Gilmour


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Release Date:

7 August 1916 (USA)  »

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By Fate's Degree  »

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$6,289 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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The Mark of Cain (1916) -- Lost Silent
27 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Dick Temple ( Lon Chaney ) is serving a five-year prison sentence because he took the blame for a robbery his father committed. His father promises to go straight, but dies two years later, before he can reveal Dick's innocence. Doris ( Dorothy Phillips ) lives in a prison of her own, her uncle Jake ( Gilmore Hammond ) forces her to steal for him until one night when she flees from her life of crime. Dick is released on parole, but is unable to locate his mother or find work. Doris refuses to steal again, and out of desperation decides to drown herself in the river. She is rescued by Dick who came for the same purpose, and they quickly become friends. One day Doris rescues a baby from the burning house of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, and is given a job as nurse to the child. Dick, deciding to steal so that Doris can eat, is caught snatching a watch from John Graham ( Frank Whitson ), but rather than turning him in, Graham gives Dick a job as bookkeeper in his firm. A detective calls on Graham to notify him that Dick is an ex-con out on parole. Graham is in reality the head of a gang of crooks, and tells Dick that he will tell Doris of his past if he does not help him rob the Wilson home. Jake has also tracked Doris down, and forces her to help his gang rob the Wilsons. The night of the robbery, Doris is alone with the elderly housekeeper when Dick arrives. She confesses her past life of crime to him, but he tells her he loves her just the same. He recognizes the housekeeper as his mother and decides to thwart both groups of crooks. Jake and Graham are given their prearranged signals, and when the two gangs come face to face, a fight ensues in which Jake is killed and Graham seriously wounded. Before dying, Graham confesses Dick's innocence, and the police release him. Dick confesses his past life to Doris and they decide to start life anew.

This 1916 silent drama starring Lon Chaney and produced by the Universal Film Manufacturing Company, sadly remains a lost film.

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