Elmer Booth is a convicted ne’er-do-well who has promised to stick to the straight and narrow upon his release from prison for the sake of his wife, Mary Pickford. The promise lasts all of ten minutes and Booth is soon drinking with a counterfeiter. I’m sure this will end well.
Booth is most famous for playing a gangster in The Musketeers of Pig Alley, which was released a few months after this picture. If you want to play the D.W. Griffith Expanded Cinematic Universe Game, it would be easy to imagine this as a prequel or sequel to the later film. Booth is his usual charming bad boy and Pickford gives her all to a pretty dull part.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
After he is nearly arrested for his friend’s misdeeds, Booth promises to behave forever and ever. We’ll see.
If it were a dessert it would be: Beer Hop Candy. Just be careful who you eat it with.
Availability: The Narrow Road was released on DVD as part of the Origins of Film box set. Alas, this set has fallen out of print.