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Slim Jim's Last Chance (1911)

The prison doors open and Tom Benton, a first timer, and Slim Jim, alias Red Davis, of the underworld, are liberated. Tom learns that the prison odor clings by being ceremoniously turned ... See full summary »

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Slim Jim aka Red Davis
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The Rancher's Daughter
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Tom Benton
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The prison doors open and Tom Benton, a first timer, and Slim Jim, alias Red Davis, of the underworld, are liberated. Tom learns that the prison odor clings by being ceremoniously turned away wherever he applies for work. Slim Jim immediately on his release beats his way west. Eventually Tom goes west and finds his work. Several months later Slim Jim gets a job at the same place Tom is employed. Slim Jim, being caught at his old tricks and exposed by Tom, reveals Tom's past. The several thrilling scenes that follow show Tom's genuine manhood and gives Slim Jim an opportunity to prove that even the underdog has at least a spark of good lying dormant under the rough exterior. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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14 April 1911 (USA)  »

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Who Needs Words?
13 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

Two men are released from prison. One gets a job; the other, with his jailbird reputation, winds up stealing and getting caught. However, character is what you do when under stress....

The casual modern viewer will notice overacting, even by the style of the era. What may go unobserved is the perfection of the pantomime story-telling. There's not a title after the beginning, yet this liberal tale of forgiveness proceeds apace. Part of this is the simplicity of the plot. The other is the excellence of the cast, which includes Alicd Joyce, whose starring career would extend into the sound era, and two future directors: J.P. McGowan, who would prosper in action and westerns, and George Melford, who would be one of the leading visual stylists of American cinema.

The movie could afford a bit of trimming. It runs a trifle slowly at times. It does, however, get the job done.


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