The Crooked Path (1912)

A valuable watch and money stolen from a banker by Dan Lyons results in the arrest and conviction of the crook. While his sweetheart, Nell Harris, sits alone in the park reading of the long... See full summary »


Fred E. Wright (story) (as Frederick Wright)


Cast overview:
Ormi Hawley ... Nell Harris
John Halliday ... Dan Lyons - a Crook
Clarence Elmer ... Spike Edwards - Dan's Pal
Edwin August ... Will Kimball - The Young Clergyman
Mary Smith Mary Smith ... Mrs. Kimball - Edward's Mother (as Mary Stuart Smith)
Irving White Irving White ... Col. Barnes - the Banker
Frank DeVernon Frank DeVernon ... Bill Harris - Nell's Father
Jack McDonald Jack McDonald ... Peters - the Plainclothesman




A valuable watch and money stolen from a banker by Dan Lyons results in the arrest and conviction of the crook. While his sweetheart, Nell Harris, sits alone in the park reading of the long prison sentence given her lover, she is approached by a young clergyman, Edward Kimball, who questions her regarding her trouble. Nell admits her wrong deeds and tells him of her desire to follow the straight and narrow path. Kimball takes her to his blind mother and soon grows to love her. They become engaged and Nell is very happy. Dan Lyons in his prison cell succeeds in communicating with his pals by means of a note tied to a rat's tail and receives a supply of saws with which he effects his escape. He changes his convict's suit for the old clothes of a scarecrow and arrives in the town in which Nell lives. He sends her a note asking her to return to the old life, but she refuses, and in revenge Lyons plans to rob the home of Edward Kimball. He and his pal are discovered and handed over to the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Most of the work falls to Jack Halliday
12 April 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

In this two-reel story of the underworld, most of the work falls to Jack Halliday, who has the role of Dan Lyons, a crook who steals a watch and is sent to prison. His escape from the institution is a feature of the story, and many feet of film are devoted to it. Ormi Hawley has the part of Nell Harris, a girl of the underworld, who under the guidance of a clergyman and his blind mother changes her mode of life, later falling in love with the clergyman and becoming engaged to him. Edwin August is the clergyman. What little he is given to do is in his usual finished style. Mr. Halliday, as Dan Lyons, is excellent. He plays his part. Mary Stuart Smith as the clergyman's mother is also worthy of praise. Miss Hawley's portrayal in the earlier scenes is along lines different from those in which she is usually cast, but she was convincing. The best situation is where Lyons has broken into the minister's home at night; Nell has discovered him and gone to the burglar asking him to take her jewels and leave the house. The clergyman also has come upon the two. Misunderstanding the situation, he denounces the girl. "Forgive me," says Nell, "for telling you he was my brother. I knew him before I took the straight road." Frederick Wright is the author of the story. The photography is excellent, the action smooth. - The Moving Picture World, December 28, 1912

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