I watched Capital Punishment because of Elliott Dexter, but turns out his performance was the least interesting in this one.
I found two other actors who made up for that, though.
The story itself was quite similar to that of The Whispering Chorus (1918), The Goose Woman (1925), and Man, Woman and Sin (1927).
sounds like mine
This pretty little creature is Eddie Phillips (1899-1965), who played a wrongly convicted boy in a very tiny role.
If you ask me, I think he could well have been suitable for the main role.
But I suppose he wasn't a big enough a star yet.
Mr Elliott Dexter as a criminologist, visiting the kid before his execution
a glimpse of hope
then a skyward glance, cos this boy has faith
Joseph Kilgour (1863–1933) as the Governor
is there hope for the kid after all?
Alec B. Francis (1967-1934) as the Chaplain.
He was really good in the role but I didn't get a good screen shot of him.
the guy who heard the confession tries to intervene
The following day, in another place.
Gordon Harrington is spending time with two of his friends.
This is the other one;Harry Phillips, played by Robert Ellis (1892-1974)
the other one is this girl Mona Caldwell, played by Margaret Livingston (1900-1984).
Here's Gordon showing her the paper and talking about the unfairness of it all
Gordon is so enraged that he proposes a social experiment
Dude is initially not that into it but then agrees
So Gordon agrees to play dead and to "disappear" while the other two are to set up his "murder.
They take his personal belongings to be used as props.
Enter the two other stars of the film.
An ordinary young couple :
Delia Tate (that feisty Clara Bow, 20 years old at the time)
Dan O'Connor (George Hackathorne, who reminded me of Paul Reubens a lot)
this is Officer Dugan (Wade Boteler) who will play a part in the events later on
he gets her a cheaper ring in the meantime
as they are about to leave they see that Gordon guy
meet Dan's mother, Mrs. O'Connor
(Mary Carr, very good in the role)
Dan is so like Pee-wee Herman
Dan imagines what a life of riches would be like.:
It's quite moving, as he imagines himself, his girlfriend and his mother enjoying a fancy dinner together in a posh living room.
Despite their newly acquired status, they would all be as they are now, a bit rough around the edges.
having signed the contract, Dan hides it into a drawer
over at the pawn shop, Dan is playing his part, aiming to get caught
Delia arrives on the scene by chance and is shocked to see her boyfriend getting arrested
at home, the women are doing housework and waiting for Dan's return
a delivery boy drops by and the thing he brings -
not sure what it is, food perhaps... it was too dark to see clearly
- is wrapped in a newish newspaper,
with guess who on the front page:
the news dawn upon the mother
Delia consoles Dan's mother before visiting him in jail
Mona has gone to see Harry who's in hiding, but the isolation has made him randy and bitter.
He is overly assertive.
luckily Gordon arrives on the scene and pulls him away from the lady
the guys end up fighting and then:
Mona brings Gordon some kind of a metal rod, which he uses to smash the randy man's head in
ah, so convenient to lay the blame on someone else, yea?
One of my favorite inter-title cards ever.
Gordon's got some nerve to bring false hope
But he fails to deliver the goods
the prison personnel give him some reading
he begs for a phone call
the contract had gone missing
Dan gets a short leave
to bid his final goodbye
says the boy with the handcuffs on
meanwhile the meanies are planning their escape
Officer Dugan to the rescue!
the Chaplain tries to console Dan who is in the corner
the Governor gets there on time (this time), stopping them from turning the switch
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