A bank clerk forges a check to help his girlfriend's father. He's found out, but instead of being arrested he becomes a member of a gang of forgers.


(as Kenneth Webb)


Cast overview:
James Ralston
Doris Rankin ...
Nina Bronson
Anders Randolf ...
Baron Hartfeld
Douglas MacPherson ...
Louis Percival
Gladys Leslie ...
Agnes Ralston
Charles Coghlan ...
Captain Redwood
James Laffey ...
E.J. Smith
Ned Burton ...
Enoch Bronson
Lord Drelincourt


A bank clerk forges a check to help his girlfriend's father. He's found out, but instead of being arrested he becomes a member of a gang of forgers.

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April 1921 (USA)  »

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Based on the play: Jim the Penman (1910). (revival). Written by Sir Charles Lawrence Young. Directed by Lawrence Marston. Lyric Theatre: 10 May 1910- Jun 1910 (closing date unknown/31 performances). Cast: George Barnum, Thurlow Bergen, Marguerite Clark, J.H. Davies, Arthur Forrest, Ernest Glendinning, Wilton Lackaye, Jeffreys Lewis, John Mason, Louis Massen, Frederick Paulding, Grace Reals, Florence Roberts, Theodore Roberts. Produced by William A. Brady. Note: Work was produced in 3 film adaptations; produced as Jim the Penman (1915) by Edwin S. Porter, Jim the Penman (1921) by Whitman Bennett Productions as a Lionel Barrymore vehicle, and Jim the Penman (1947), interestingly perhaps, considering the fact the most recent Broadway production flopped. See more »


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Survives Minus One Reel
4 August 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It is my ambition to add as many silent film synopsis of films that have a survival status of unknown or presumed lost. I try to do as much research as I can and it is not my intention to deceive anyone, for sometimes the film does exist. I am more than delighted if someone has knowledge of a film listed as lost but survives, as I wish all silent films did survive.

This 1921 silent drama was based from the play Jim the Penman by Charles Lawrence Young, produced by Whitman Bennett Productions and starred Lionel Barrymore. This film does survive minus one reel and is now preserved at the Library of Congress. I hope the reader enjoys this brief synopsis.

In order to save Enoch Bronson ( Ned Burton ), the father of the woman he loves, from financial ruin, bank cashier Jim Ralston( Lionel Barrymore ) forges a check in the name of Baron Hartfeld ( Anders Randolf ), who, on discovering the fraud, promises Jim immunity in return for aiding his gang of swindlers. Jim's love for Nina ( Doris Rankin ) provokes forged letters breaking off her match with Louis Percival ( Douglas MacPherson ) and permits his marriage and subsequent rise to wealth. In a scheme to ruin Percival, Jim is exposed and accused by his wife. In remorse, he traps the baron and the gang in a yacht, sinks the boat, and dies with them.

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