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The Price Demanded (1913)

Through the instrumentality of Roger Van Buren, Snake Sykes, a criminal of the lowest type, is apprehended, sent to the penitentiary and swears vengeance. Roger is engaged to Rose Delane, ... See full summary »

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(as Emmett Campbell Hall)
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Roger Van Buren
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Snake Sykes (as Ben Hendricks)
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Through the instrumentality of Roger Van Buren, Snake Sykes, a criminal of the lowest type, is apprehended, sent to the penitentiary and swears vengeance. Roger is engaged to Rose Delane, and in his happiness gives no thought to the supposedly closed incident of the Snake. Just before the date set for the wedding, Roger is called away from the city by urgent business. He manages to return one evening before he had hoped, and at once telephones his fiancée that he will call. Rose has planned to accompany her parents to the opera, but upon receiving her sweetheart's message, determines to remain at home, insisting, however, that the others continue their original plans. This change of program is made after the servants have left the house, having been given an evening off, and the butler is already hurrying to the headquarters of a gang of thieves to inform them that the isolated house will he deserted and that the wedding presents would make a valuable haul. At the thieves' den the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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26 July 1913 (USA)  »

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May offend many sensitive spectators
14 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

A very sensational melodramatic picture with a climax that gets over effectively, but that may offend many sensitive spectators; it is a situation that is almost disgusting, when one thinks of it. A burglar, who has a grudge against a man, finds him in a house with his sweetheart. They are to be married next day. As the price of his not killing the man he demands the girl and the girl consents, but is saved from him. The picture is perfectly photographed and there are some really lovely sets in it, but the plot is not strong. It begins with an improbable crime and capture; all of its criminals are most unlikely people. Again, some of its scenes are very carefully produced, especially toward the end. For the gallery and for certain localities, it should go very well, but not in special places. The script, by Emmet Campbell Hall, was produced by Barry O'Neil. Harry Myers and Ethel Clayton play the romantic leads. - The Moving Picture World, August 9, 1913


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