Robert Armstrong, falsely accused of a murder committed thirty years ago in a western gambling hall, faces the alternative of imprisonment or paying blackmail. A letter from Tom Mason, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Phyllis Lord
Thomas O'Keefe ...
James Burke
Robert Armstrong
Paul Gordon ...
Dick Armstrong
William Black ...
Lieutenant of Police
J.W. Hartman ...
Tom Mason
Esther Evans ...
Bessie Allen
Crandell (as Norman Kaiser)
Tom Cameron ...
Dixie Marshall ...
Mrs. Scott
Emile Agoust ...
Kathleen Townsend


Robert Armstrong, falsely accused of a murder committed thirty years ago in a western gambling hall, faces the alternative of imprisonment or paying blackmail. A letter from Tom Mason, formerly a miner, prepares him for a visit, at which time he must make his choice. Armstrong confides in his son, Dick, assuring him that the murder was committed by Mason, who used trickery to make it seem that he (Armstrong) was the culprit. Dick broods over the injustice to his father, and Armstrong cannot conceal his nervousness. The visitor comes and makes his demands. Armstrong grapples with him as the lights are turned off. Suddenly there is a shot, and when the lights are turned on again Mason is lying dead on the floor. Fearing the servants will enter, Dick drags the body through a window to the grounds outside, takes Mason's pistol out of his pocket, fires a shot into the body and places the weapon in the dead man's hand. Dick returns to the house and a policeman hurries to the scene. Dick ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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1 January 1917 (USA)  »

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Photography is not always of the best
22 October 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

The screen-telling of the story visualized in "Vanity," a five-reel drama produced by Popular Plays and Players for release by Metro on December 25, should interest almost any audience. There is an element of suspense, well-sustained throughout, that keeps interest keyed up to a considerable pitch, and a leavening of romance that helps make a trifle more smooth and more palatable some of the more sordid spots and some of the illogicalities. Emmy Whelen is seen in the leading role, that of a model whose love of good clothes leads to her being placed in the power of an unscrupulous chief of detectives. Miss Whelen, a capable player, has received meritorious support. Chief among those in the supporting case are Tom O'Keefe, who is seen as the chief, and Paul Gord,on, the hero. Others in the cast are Edward Martindell, W. W. Black, J. W. Hartman, Esther Evans, Norman Kaiser, Tom Cameron, Dixie Marshall and Emile Agoust. Aaron Hoffman's story has received quite careful production in the hands of John B. O'Brien. The story tells of a girl model who is "framed" by the detective chief so that she must become a "stool pigeon." She is deputized to obtain a confession from the son of a wealthy man, in whose home a blackmailer has been murdered. The girl falls in love with the youth, but to save herself from prosecution allows the detectives to carry out their plan. The youth is brought to headquarters and confesses, although the crime was committed by the father. The girl gets evidence that the detective chief is a bigamist, and he drops the murder charge. Some exception may be taken to the fact that a murderer is allowed to go unpunished. The film embraces some good "third degree" scenes, and numerous pretty exteriors. Photography is not always of the best. - The Moving Picture World, January 6, 1917

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