A minister walking along the street has his pocket picked. In running away the thief knocks down Jim Brown and the stolen wallet is knocked out of his hand. Dazed, Brown arises and picks up... See full summary »
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Jim Brown (as William Walthall)
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A minister walking along the street has his pocket picked. In running away the thief knocks down Jim Brown and the stolen wallet is knocked out of his hand. Dazed, Brown arises and picks up the wallet. He is arrested as the thief, tried and sentenced to the penitentiary. After serving his term he tries to secure employment, but his prison record prevents this. Even his own family loses faith in him and turns away. In despair he decides to commit suicide. He prepares for death under a big tree, but is interrupted by a little child who, unafraid, talks with the strange man and asks him to help her with her Sunday school lesson. The text is, "Though your sins be as scarlet," etc., and it affects him strongly. The little girl takes him by the hand and leads him to the church, which turns out to be that of the minister who was robbed. A call comes for the minister from a dying man, who proves to be the thief. He makes a confession before expiring, and the clouds are removed from Jim ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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18 November 1911 (USA)  »

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Mr. Walthall's acting makes the picture
21 May 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A pathetic and tragic picture of a respectable young man unjustly accused of theft and sent to prison. After serving his term, he can find no honest work. Only his mother remains his friend; his brothers and sisters think him guilty and treat him very coldly. In despair, he is about to kill himself, his mind plainly being unbalanced by his troubles. He is saved by a little child who, finding him so downcast, makes friends with him and brings him to her Sunday school. The minister of that church receives him kindly. Just then a message is brought to him from the real thief, who is dying. The minister and he go together to the deathbed and hear the confession. The leading part is taken by Mr. Walthall, and the child who made friends with him by Baby Rosanna. Mr. Walthall's acting makes the picture, which is a commendable one: it is also well photographed and interesting. - The Moving Picture World, November 25, 1911


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