The Measure of a Man (1924)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This crude melodrama starring William Desmond seems like it came from an earlier age when it's compared to other films of the roaring '20s, and in a way it did; this was a remake of the 1916 film starring J. Warren Kerrigan. Desmond plays John Fairmeadow, a Bowery drunk who finds redemption when he travels to a lumber camp. He spends so much time trying to reform the rest of the camp -- first with his fists, then with his pious ways -- that he is nicknamed "the parson." He does convince quite a few men that soda pop is preferable to the hard stuff, but there is a villain in their midst. Jack Flack (Albert J. Smith) betrays Claire (Marin Sais), the wife of saloonkeeper "Pale" Peter (Francis Ford). Ultimately, Claire commits suicide by leaping into the river, so Flack turns his attentions to orphan Pattie Batch (Mary McAllister), Fairmeadow's protégé. Fairmeadow rescues her, and, while battling it out with Flack, discovers Claire's body. Peter seeks vengeance for his wife's death and kills Flack, ridding the camp of his wickedness.

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alcoholism, bishop, disguise, going-straight, impersonation, love, marriage, one-against-odds, redemption, romance