Great Redeemer (1920)

Sub-Genres - B-Western, Prison Film  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Outlaw Dan Malloy (House Peters) is notorious throughout the West. After his latest train robbery, he seeks refuge in a cabin in the mountains. There's a girl (Marjorie Daw) living there, and when Dan tries to attack her, she wounds him. Nevertheless, she admires his bravery and they become friends. She convinces him to go straight, but when he hears about a big gold shipment, he decides to pull off one last heist. It turns out to be a set-up and he's captured. While doing a ten-year prison stretch, he returns to his hobby of drawing. In the cell across the hall, a murderer (Joseph Singleton) is sentenced to die. He refuses to repent until Dan draws an image of the crucified Christ on the prison wall. The killer sees the image come to life and is converted. Dan's drawing is considered a masterpiece and when he gets out of prison he's a better man -- and his faithful girl has been waiting for him all this time. Rather curiously, another film released around the same time, The Man Who Dared, had a scene where there was an image of Christ on a prison wall. This picture was Clarence Brown's first directorial effort. It was made under the supervision of his mentor, Maurice Tourneur. One of the scenario writers was another protégé of Tourneur's -- an ambitious young man named John Gilbert.