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The Prosecuting Attorney (1912)

Nina Brooks and her associate, Joe Brooks, are caught in a badger game, convicted and sentenced to a term of years in the state penitentiary. Nina serves her term and on her release is ... See full summary »

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Mary Moore
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Nina Brooks and her associate, Joe Brooks, are caught in a badger game, convicted and sentenced to a term of years in the state penitentiary. Nina serves her term and on her release is taken in charge at the prison gate by Mary Moore, who presides over a mission for the reclamation of unfortunate women. Nina finds herself in this new field, and becomes an ardent worker in the cause. In the course of her labors, she meets Henry Lewis, a humanitarian. Lewis is the prosecuting attorney that was responsible, in the line of his duty, for her conviction and sentence. He becomes more than interested in Nina, and would marry her, assuring her, in spite of her objections and fear that her past is her own. They are married and happy. Meantime Brooks has escaped from prison. He meets and recognizes his old pal and calls to blackmail and persecute her. Driven into a frenzy Nina shoots Brooks. Lewis recognizes Brooks and associates him with Nina's past. The police arrive; Lewis shows his true and ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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11 January 1912 (USA)  »

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A well-connected plot that holds one's interest with ever-increasing force
17 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

The subject is melodramatic, but not of the lurid type. There are many strong situations that stir one by their realism, and there is a well-connected plot that holds one's interest with ever-increasing force until the final scene fades out. "The Prosecuting Attorney" will not rank with the great films turned out by the Selig Company, but it can rightly claim the distinction of being admirably enacted, well-staged and finely photographed. The characters in this silent drama have been exceptionally well cast. The title role, in the care of Charles Clary, shows talented conception, and the quiet restraint of manner in situations of stress, which legal study and training bring to a well-poised mind, will be appreciated by all who admire intelligent acting. Miss Kathlyn Williams gives a strong characterization of Nina Brooks, the one-time associate of Joe Brooks, swindler, blackmailer and convict. The varying moods in the checkered career of that victim of circumstances are simulated with convincing art. Frank Weed appears as Joe Brooks, and in this "heavy" part he succeeds well in bringing out the resolute daring, brutality and depravity of the man. A word must also be said about the fine work of William H. Stowell, in the role of Inspector of Police Wheeler, and of Miss Greenwood, as Mary Moore. - The Moving Picture World, January 13, 1912


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