Jimmy Valentine cracks safes for a living. He’s good at it. He likes it. However, the law takes a different view and it’s off to Sing Sing. (Yes, it was shot on location.) Beautifully photographed, as is typical for a Maurice Tourneur production, and the amount of non-glamorized violence may surprise newcomers to 1910s filmmaking.
While the picture is stunning to look at, the plot does tend to meander. Still, worth seeing as an early gangster/crime/prison picture and bonus fun for O. Henry fans.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.Jimmy uses his safecracking skills to save a kid and the law is so impressed that he is let off the hook, free to marry his lady fair.
Read my full-length review here.
If it were a dessert it would be: Vanilla Macarons with a Dark Chocolate Filling. Dainty exterior with a rather dark center.
Availability: Released as part of the wonderful, very out of print Origins of Film box set.
Saw this awhile back, I thought it was excellent. Great cinematography and one gets to see Robert Warwick at his prime and a cameo with Johnny Hines.
Yes, it’s a good example of what World was offering at the time.
Yes, World was wonderful, known for its talent and quality. If I find a film made by world online I am immediately interested in seeing it, wish more of their catalog was available.
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