The Voice of Conscience (1917)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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By 1917, the whole world knew that screen lovers Francis X. Bushman and Beverly Bayne were husband and wife, but this revelation did not hurt Bushman's popularity one iota -- as had been feared a few years earlier, when the couple was obliged to keep their marriage a secret. In The Voice of Conscience, Bushman plays a career criminal who is framed by one of his old cohorts and sent to prison. While behind bars, he meets a young man who is his exact double (no surprise here, since Bushman plays both roles). The criminal asks his look-alike to pose as him on the "outside" so that he, the criminal, will be free to track down and murder the man who betrayed him. The "good" Bushman subsequently -- and predictably -- falls in love with the "bad" Bushman's sweetheart (Bayne). Alas, the good look-alike is arrested for the murder committed by the criminal, but in the end the criminal has a sudden attack of conscience and absolves his doppleganger of all blame. Note: Despite the identical title, this is not the same film as the 1912 Essanay produced The Voice of Conscience which also starred Francis X. Bushman.

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confession [criminal], frame-up, identity-switch, prison