Gaston Glass (A handsome matinée idol from France, with a pronounced widow's peak) stars in this fast-moving melodrama as dashing Parisian pickpocket Bibi-Ri. Filching one purse too many, our hero ends up in a brutal penal colony. Sadistic overseer De Nou (Gustav von Seyfertitz, a Satanic-featured Austrian actor/director Gustav von Seyffertitz not only looked like a villain, but with that three-barrelled name he sounded like one.) swears that some day, somehow, he'll send Bibi-Ri to the guillotine. SPOILER WARNING: But when this day finally arrives, a red birthmark on his neck reveals that Bibi-Ri is De Nou's own long-lost son. This revelation takes place just in time for a romantic clinch between Bibi-Ri and heroine Zellie (Nina Quartero, in her first film). Ex-boxer Jack Roper co-stars as hulking prisoner Bombiste.
A print of this title was just located at the Library of Congress in Culpeper, VA.
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