A gang of crooks evade the police by moving their operations to a small town. There the gang's leader encounters a faith healer and uses him to scam gullible public of funds for a supposed ... See full summary »
A gang of crooks evade the police by moving their operations to a small town. There the gang's leader encounters a faith healer and uses him to scam gullible public of funds for a supposed chapel. But when a real healing takes place, a change comes over the gang. Written by
Jim Beaver <firstname.lastname@example.org>
OUT OF THE UNDERWORLD - Imagine the worst sharks that exist in New York's Chinatown---a daring cracksman, a beautiful girl as tough and wicked as a snake, a faker who counterfeits any deformity, a dope-fiend as sly as a weasel. Imagine such crooks in a little village, invading the lives of other human beings as good as these are bad---the acid of sin striving to bite into the gold of pure hearts. Imagine!...Imagine all you've known of good and bad in the world, and even then you can't imagine the wondrous appeal of "The Miracle Man." See more »
THE MIRACLE MAN (1919) is a lost film, all except for a small fragment that was shown in a Paramount "best of" reel. This film has long been considered the major vehicle for the principle stars, Thomas Meighan and Lon Chaney and the segment that survives shows why. The story is about a band of con-men who decide to pull a fast one on a town that believes that their blind priest is a faith healer. All of the crooks end up being cured through miracles of their evil ways and end up doing the opposite of what compelled them to be evil. Chaney's performance in the surviving "healing" scene is quite compelling. I can not recommend this film to anyone since I have not seen it all, but if you do get a chance to see the surviving scene, it's worth a look.
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