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The Hero Coward (1913)

Jack Wallace is discharged from the police force for his cowardice. He later secures a position as elevator operator in the De Luxe hotel. Bill Snell, a notorious crook and auto bandit, ... See full summary »

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Bill Snell - a Notorious Crook
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Jack Wallace is discharged from the police force for his cowardice. He later secures a position as elevator operator in the De Luxe hotel. Bill Snell, a notorious crook and auto bandit, escapes the police just as they are about to lock him up. The fugitive from justice seeks refuge with friends of his who operate a card game on the fifteenth floor of the De Luxe. His friends give him an automobile coat, goggles and a revolver. He escapes through the window and rushes up the fire escape. The police break down the door just as Snell reaches the eighteenth floor. Wallace, having taken the car up to the top floor, is hailed by Snell, who commands the former to take him down in a hurry. The elevator bell rings and Wallace starts his car up again. A desperate fight ensues in which Wallace is severely injured. He finally overpowers Snell and the car descends to the main floor where the bandit is taken into custody by the waiting officers. Mrs. Wallace calls on Captain Walters a few days ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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28 March 1913 (USA)  »

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Seemed to give entertainment to the audience
26 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

A story of a man who is afraid of horses only, and, unfortunately, has a job on the police force. The character is not new in pictures and not very common in life and is not a hard character to make up a story for, since the plot must always be the same in outline, if not in incident. In every case the half-coward has been disgraced and then has rehabilitated himself by showing that he is no coward after all. It is clearly pictured in this film and seemed to give entertainment to the audience. The lead is taken by E.H. Calvert. W. Bailey, W. Walters and Helen Dunbar also have roles. - The Moving Picture World, April 12, 1913


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