Adapted from a play by Adolphe D'Ennery and Eugene Cormon, A Celebrated Case managed to squeeze all of the playwrights' convolutions into 4 reels, or approximately 50 minutes' running time. Guy Coombs plays a French soldier who is sent to prison for the murder of his wife. Coombs is innocent, but his little girl doesn't know that-and she was the prosecution's chief witness. Years later, the grown-up daughter (Alice Joyce) tries to make amends. A Celebrated Case was one of the last feature films produced by the pioneering Kalem Studios.
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