Jack Norton had traveled the downgrade, had transgressed the laws of man, had trespassed the forbidden, and paid the penalty. But he escaped from prison, and in some way, mapped out perhaps... See full summary »
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Phillips Smalley ... Jack Norton
Lois Weber ... Flora Brown
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Jack Norton had traveled the downgrade, had transgressed the laws of man, had trespassed the forbidden, and paid the penalty. But he escaped from prison, and in some way, mapped out perhaps by Fate ages ago, met sweet little Flora Harding. Jack looked into her eyes and the storm in his soul subsided, the rancor of his wounded heart was soothed. Those eyes of Flora were the gospel, a psalm and a sermon by themselves. Jack determined to leave his evil companions and the viciousness of his former life, and make of himself a man worthy of the name and the girl. She says yes, when he asks her the old question, and for the first time in his tempestuous career, Jack faces a life of peace and love. In time a little stranger comes to bless the union, a baby girl, with the wistful, wondering charm of the girl wife and mother. Jack's cup of happiness is filled to the brim, and the path of life looms up rosy and bright and buoyant. Enter Fate, with her mystic web, which forthwith she begins ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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USA

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English

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6 July 1911 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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Somewhat bewildering
9 March 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

This can hardly be called an optimistic picture, though the man who is in the toils seems to deserve all his troubles. He is being bled by a blackmailer and has no more money. In an interesting dive this blackmailer pulls a revolver and is shot by the man in self-defense. The man goes to prison. We then see that his wife has married again; she seems to think him dead, which is somewhat bewildering. The convict escapes over the wall and later seems to be compelled to become a burglar. His own little girl finds him in the house. She is not frightened and apparently recognizes him as her father by firelight. She was only a baby when he saw her last. He doesn't know her; she tells him who she is and shows him his picture. This recognition is also bewildering. He is discovered with the child by her stepfather and kills himself. The man covers the face of the body as his wife comes down the stairs. It has dramatic scenes and is well acted, but it is not very convincing. - The Moving Picture World, July 22, 1911


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