The Man Who Found Himself (1915)

Grocery clerk James Clarke,, pilfers five hundred dollars so that he may send his ailing sister to a more healthful climate. Frederick Payton, a fellow employee, learns of James's theft and... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Hall Crane (as Frank H. Crane)

Writer:

George Broadhurst (play)
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Cast

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Robert Warwick ... James Clarke (as Robert Warrick)
Paul McAllister Paul McAllister ... Frederick Payton
Douglas MacLean ... Roy Hudson
Arline Pretty ... Catherine Hudson
Charles Dungan Charles Dungan ... William Hudson
Ruth Findlay Ruth Findlay ... Emily Clarke

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Grocery clerk James Clarke,, pilfers five hundred dollars so that he may send his ailing sister to a more healthful climate. Frederick Payton, a fellow employee, learns of James's theft and blackmails him, but eventually, both men are arrested and sent to prison. While a motion picture company is filming inside Sing Sing, James mixes in with the players, later returning with them to the Fort Lee studio of the World Film Corp. Following his escape, James assumes a different name and successfully establishes himself in another town. Payton, who has served out his sentence, finds James happily engaged to Catherine Hudson, the boss's daughter, but when Payton again threatens to blackmail him, James decides to reveal his true identity and complete his prison sentence. Catherine promises to wait for James, who returns to prison with a clear conscience. Written by Pamela Short

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Crime | Drama

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A numbers of scenes take place at the Fort Lee studio of the World Film Corporation with many of their players appearing as themselves in cameo roles. See more »

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A story of sustained dramatic quality
21 November 2019 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

Some time ago George Broadhurst wrote a drama which he called "The Mills of the Gods," a title that would never do for a picture nowadays. It has been used too often. The story, as produced in five reels by Frank H. Crane for the World Film Corporation, was rechristened "The Man Who Found Himself." The production is a worthy successor to "Alias Jimmy Valentine," in that it possesses a story of sustained dramatic quality and presents Robert Warwick in a strong role. Sing Sing, a resort that motion picture men seem determined to advertise, has its place in the scheme of things, and oddly enough, a novel method of contriving a convict's escape is introduced. In the handling of the story, rather than its theme, the spectator will find a welcome freshness and convincing acting in which Mr. Warwick is ably seconded by Paul McAllister. The fight between these two in the concluding reel is genuine to the point of being thrilling. Arline Pretty, a recent addition to the World Film acting forces, is a pleasing heroine. Instead of using "The Next Day," "A Few Days Later," or "Three Months Later" in sub-titles, the passage of time is conveyed by the falling leaves of a calendar, and every now and then the figure of old Father Time himself passes significantly across the screen. Among substitutes for hackneyed phrases this one is very acceptable and speaks well for the ingenuity of the man who originated it. - The Moving Picture World, April 10, 1915


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 1915 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Coward See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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