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Alias Jimmy Valentine (1915)

After robbing a bank, a criminal is wrongfully pardoned from prison.

Director:

Maurice Tourneur

Writers:

Paul Armstrong (play), O. Henry (story "A Retrieved Reformation") | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Robert Warwick ... Jimmy Valentine
Robert Cummings Robert Cummings ... Doyle
Alec B. Francis ... Bill Avery
Frederick Truesdell ... Lt. Gov. Fay (as Fred Truesdell)
Ruth Shepley ... Rose Fay
Johnny Hines ... Red Joclyn (as John Hines)
D.J. Flanagan D.J. Flanagan ... Cotton (as David Flanagan)
Walter Craven ... Handler
John Boone John Boone ... Blinkey Davis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Cummings George Cummings ... Doyle
Thomas Mott Osborne Thomas Mott Osborne ... Self
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Rose Fay one day is riding in a railroad parlor car and suffers an insult by a fellow passenger, from whose brutality she is defended and saved by a handsome young stranger, who, assured that she will not be further molested, disappears from the scene. But Rose has fallen in love with her savior, and her love does not diminish by the lapse of three years. One day she is visiting Sing Sing in company of her father, the Lieutenant Governor of the State, and among the convicts she recognizes her deliverer in the person of Lee Randall alias Jimmy Valentine, who is suffering imprisonment for a crime of which he so vehemently and convincingly pleads his ignorance that the Lieutenant Governor secures his release. He is given a chance of retrieving his reputation; his appointment to a position in a bank of which Mr. Lane is president is the means. He goes straight. His old associates are after him, but he wards them off. The detectives try to pounce on him for offenses of which he may be ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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well worth seeing
18 August 2003 | by claudecatSee all my reviews

This movie has some fast-forwardable scenes, and also a few plot problems (some possibly due to missing footage), but its virtues make it very worthwhile. The photography and lighting are simply beautiful, and Tourneur creates some highly inventive shots. (The birdseye view of the heist is the most obvious example.) Most of the performers are excellent--especially Robert Warwick and the engaging John Hines--and even the bit characters, such as forger Blinkey Davis, are memorable. It's interesting to see how quickly silent-film acting progressed in its early years; the 1912 D.W. Griffith short on the same tape is much less sophisticated in that respect. The story of "Alias Jimmy Valentine" is a bit too "improving" for modern tastes, and the theme of Valentine's double life is not very well explored, but the film presents a fascinating look at "the underworld" in 1915.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1915 (USA) See more »

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A kir√°lytigris See more »

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Peerless Productions See more »
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Silent

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