Synopsis by Hal Erickson
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.
confession [criminal], frame-up, identity-switch, prison