A Modern Vendetta (1914)

Judge Walcott sentences Bill Devins, a notorious crook, to ten years in Sing Sing. Past following the oration of this sentence, the judge returns home to find himself richer, as the father ... See full summary »

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Oscar Eagle
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Clifford Bruce ... Judge Walcott - Tommy's Father
Adrienne Kroell ... Mrs. Walcott - Tommy's Mother
Thomas Carrigan ... Tommy Walcott - the Judge's Son
Alma Russell Alma Russell ... Tommy's Sweetheart
Frank Weed
Jack Nelson
William Walcott William Walcott
Palmer Bowman Palmer Bowman
Rose Evans Rose Evans
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Judge Walcott sentences Bill Devins, a notorious crook, to ten years in Sing Sing. Past following the oration of this sentence, the judge returns home to find himself richer, as the father of an infant son. This news is noised about, and Devins, who is sore, swears to get even, no matter when or where. Time flies by; five years pass. The convict escapes from prison, and hikes back to his sodden consort, Mary. This precious pair connive to abduct the judge's child, now a boy of five. Having secured the possession of the child, they drop the judge an anonymous note: "You will never see your kid again." Then they quickly "grab a rattler" for Chicago. The boy. Tommy, is brought to a den of thieves, where Jim Morton teaches him to be a forger. Devins informs the judge what his son is being taught, which causes great anguish to his mind and that of his wife. Even though the Judge has had the best detective service obtainable, no clue as to the whereabouts of the young man can be found. The ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1914 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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A good many will enjoy the situation and story
5 May 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A three-reel production that is likely to leave all but the wakefulest confused about much of its story. The main thread is clear. An escaped prisoner kidnaps the son of a judge and brings him up to be a forger just for revenge, and although the boy escapes from the toughs, he is in later years, yet innocent, sentenced by his own father, who fails to recognize him. Then there's a happy ending. Many of the lesser threads are not clear and it impresses one as a poorly produced offering. There was padding in the first reel which added nothing and, as the story progressed, we noticed jumps in the action. Of the former, take those scenes with the carriage just before the accident. Of the latter, take those scenes where Tom saves Barnes' daughter. Just what happened there we don't know. There is plenty of interesting matter and a good many will enjoy the situation and story; but it is not an absolutely sure feature number. Edward McWade is the author and it was produced by Oscar Eagle. - The Moving Picture World, February 14, 1914


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