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A Dash for Liberty (1913)

John Field, head bookkeeper of the First National Bank, and in charge of the safe deposit vaults, was rather a rapid young man. His associates of a like caliber, have given him evil ... See full summary »

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John Field, head bookkeeper of the First National Bank, and in charge of the safe deposit vaults, was rather a rapid young man. His associates of a like caliber, have given him evil suggestions, and he, acting upon them, steals, not only from the bank funds, but from the deposit boxes, of which be secures duplicate keys. He attempts to cover up his irregularities, but it is found out by an old German customer who has a safe deposit box. He informs the president of the bank, who immediately sets the wheels of the law in motion to find out the defaulter. He secures Mary Ryan, an expert detective, who "ropes" the impressionable young man, and he, fascinated by her, informs her that he is leaving, that evening, and asks her to come with him. She agrees. They part to prepare for the journey. She immediately informs the bank president, who secures two plain clothes men. Field, coming to the station, sees them talking, takes alarm and seeing another engine standing on a siding, determines to... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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It shows Romaine Fielding at his best
28 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

The only weakness in this picture as an offering of entertainment is its lack of a character to excite our sympathy. It's a detective and criminal story and its feature is an exciting chase by a girl detective of a bank thief, and this takes place on locomotives. It is unusual, carefully thought out, convincing, and as effective as can be. It shows Romaine Fielding at his best, as a producer, but as a writer, though very clever, not in his most human vein. Mary Ryan plays the girl thief-catcher; she deserved all the remuneration she got for the work. This offering ought to add to its producer's reputation and to its leading woman's popularity, as having grit, not because such a character is attractive. The photography, which was not easy to get, is of good quality. - The Moving Picture World, August 23, 1913


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