John Blair, the District Attorney of a large city, is a drug fiend, and on the day he is to sum up the People's case in a celebrated murder trial, he finds that he is unable to continue. A ... See full summary »

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John Blair, the District Attorney of a large city, is a drug fiend, and on the day he is to sum up the People's case in a celebrated murder trial, he finds that he is unable to continue. A young lawyer, named Gary, who has followed the case, calls upon Blair, seeking employment. The following scene is achieved by a double exposure which is perfectly accomplished. Confronting each other, the similarity of their countenances astounds them both and it gives Blair an idea. He offers Gary $1,000 to exchange positions with him. Gary agrees and they exchange apparel. Blair goes to the poor lodgings of Gary, while Gary, accompanied by Blair's wife, who has not detected the substitution, goes to court. With an eloquent summing up Gary wins the case. It is then he breaks the news to Mrs. Blair. She is at first unconvinced, but finally they both go to Gary's hoarding place where they find the real Blair dead. His good name and the reputation of his family are at stake, so a compact is arranged, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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12 December 1912 (USA)  »

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The picture fails to get hold of the situation very effectively
12 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

A very popular novel of a few years back, by Mrs. Katharine Thurston, dealing with two men who looked exactly alike and who made a compact to exchange lives for a few hours, furnished the idea for this picture. One was a rich drug fiend, the other a struggling young lawyer. The compact enabled the drug fiend to indulge his weakness and have his important work carried on efficiently. In the picture, his work is that of an assistant district attorney with an important trial on his hands. Everything turns out as expected except that the drug fiend dies on the poor man's bed. The suspense comes when the rich man's wife fails to see through the imposition; thinks the new man is really her husband. We do know at this point what the end is going to be for it is only later that the real husband is found dead. The picture fails to get hold of the situation very effectively; it doesn't show what the wife's feeling is, nor what she wants; it wasn't the best kind of a situation for a film offering. Yet it has much that is interesting; is well acted and the camera work, a double exposure, has been perfectly accomplished. - The Moving Picture World, December 28, 1912


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