The Governor's Pardon (1910)

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An honest man trades places with a convict so the convict can see his dying wife, but he is killed on his way back to prison. The governor must step in to assure the right man is released from prison.


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King Baggot ...
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John R. Cumpson ...
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She is alone in the world, and on her deathbed; can human misfortune be more terrible? We say alone; her husband is alive, but he is a convict in prison under a life sentence, and the anguish of being unable to see him is hastening her end. A kindly physician is comforting her in her last moments, when suddenly with a supreme effort she sits up and asks for the minister. The doctor hastens on the errand, and soon reaches the parson's little home, where the latter is enjoying a quiet evening with his wife and little daughter. The good man promptly answers the call of the sufferer and goes to the squalid home. After administering to her she asks for a paper, and with the little strength yet left, writes a note begging the Governor to allow her last wish before meeting her Maker, to release her husband for an hour. The parson hurries off and gains an audience with the Governor, but the request is gently but firmly denied; it cannot be done. To the bedside he goes and tells her to be ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama





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28 February 1910 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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A full appreciation of the possibilities
14 March 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A novel subject, worked out in an intensely dramatic way. A good man takes a condemned convict's place in prison so the latter can go to see his dying wife. On his way back he is killed by an automobile. If the guard had not recognized the good man he would have been executed in the convict's place. Fortunately it all comes out right and the difficulties are swept away. The picture is strongly dramatic and the players have worked out the situations with a full appreciation of the possibilities. The acting is alive, with a comprehension of the possibilities in such a complication. The photography shows improvement over some previous films put out by this house and marks steady improvement in technical excellence. - The Moving Picture World, March 12, 1910

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