Tom Jennings is a young man who gets started wrong and commits a burglary. Jennings is sentenced to a term in San Quentin prison. After a time he succeeds in escaping down the prison wall ... See full summary »

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Tom Jennings
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John Lane
Fred Huntley ...
Reverend Charles Williams
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Kate Jennings
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Tom Jennings is a young man who gets started wrong and commits a burglary. Jennings is sentenced to a term in San Quentin prison. After a time he succeeds in escaping down the prison wall to the sea, and swims to freedom. He is discovered by a clergyman. He throws himself on the minister's mercy, who gives Jennings a change of clothes and throws the officers off his track. But John Lane sees the minister befriend the convict and informs the guards of what he saw. In the meantime Jennings has made good in the city, where he works for the railroad company. Posters offering reward for Jennings have been circulated, and both John Lane and Detective Stroud have laid one away in their pockets for future reference. Lane becomes a clerk under Jennings in the railroad offices, and recognizes the former convict. He gives him away to the detectives, who arrests him, Jennings is returned to the penitentiary and Lane feels very happy in the possession of the reward. While he is serving the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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21 March 1912 (USA)  »

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It will be admired more than liked
18 October 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

It is the wives and children of course, and it is clearly set forth in this picture of an escaped convict who has been returned to prison after he had married and become a father. The picture is truly effective, but the whole drift of the story doesn't come out clearly until rather late in the film. This is not necessarily a weakness. There are two characters which, although barely outlined, are interesting studies. Both contributed to the tragedy. One is the sentimental old man who helped the convict and the other is the grasping man in fashionable clothes who betrayed him to the police for the reward. It is a good picture; but it will be admired more than liked. We call it a feature. Some of the photographs are lovely. - The Moving Picture World, April 6, 1912


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