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Birds of Prey (1913)

When Jim, a young workman, is approached by two of his former companions, who propose a shady transaction, he informs them that he is now a father and that his son is going to have a clean ... See full summary »

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Jim - a Young Workman
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When Jim, a young workman, is approached by two of his former companions, who propose a shady transaction, he informs them that he is now a father and that his son is going to have a clean name. The doctor warns Jim that unless his wife is sent west there is little hope for her recovery. He writes his old mother, who gladly sends all of her savings, now that Jim is leading an honest life. As Jim is cashing the draft he is seen by a stool pigeon, who goes to a crooked private detective with a proposition. A nefarious scheme to secure Jim's money is put in execution. The two men visit a pawnbroker, who is a notorious fence and by threats secure several stolen articles which are "planted" in Jim's house. When Jim is arrested. Murphy, the detective, recommends that he engage Sloane, a "shyster lawyer," who has been made a party to the plot. Jim refuses, but Sloane visits the wife, who turns over the money that Jim may have a fair trial. The money is divided among the three schemers and ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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30 July 1913 (USA)  »

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It leaves an impression and gets somewhere
28 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

Of today's dramas the subject matter of this is the best, by all odds. Like all the others today, except the comedy, it is a bit distressing; but, unlike the others, it is instructive or, at least, substantial; it leaves an impression and gets somewhere. The birds of prey are the private detectives, dishonest lawyers and all who stoop to make profit of the trouble of others. In this case they prey upon an ex-crook who is "on the square" once more. As a whole, it is convincing and real, although there are one or two weaker spots. It would have been better to have had the shyster himself apply to the arrested man rather than expect the prisoner to take the advice of the crook detective who had, and he knew it, "planted a frame-up" on him. There are some good things in it, well-taken scenes, natural acting, etc., but its best is the shyster's wife, who is a truly emotional actress. A good offering. - The Moving Picture World, August 23, 1913


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