THE PENALTY (1920):
Blizzard, a legless cripple whose cunning and criminal mind make him the master of the Barbary Coast underworld, is possessed of two ambitions: one is to get revenge upon Dr. Ferris, whose blunder during a childhood operation resulted in Blizzard's legs being hastily and unnecessarily amputated; the other is to rally the Reds in his organization and loot the city of San Francisco. To accomplish the first, Blizzard poses for a bust of Satan which is expected to be the masterpiece of Barbara Ferris, daughter of the doctor, gaining her sympathy and eventually threatening to force her marriage to him. To effect the other, he organizes the dance hall girls to work at the making of hats in a factory room at this house, the hats to be the symbol of the lawbreaking hordes when they are unleashed on the city.
DVD-R has English intertitles with no subtitles. Approx. 86 mins. See film sample for audio and video quality!
THE SYMBOL OF THE UNCONQUERED (1920)
Eve Mason is a "white-skinned" African American who inherits a large amount of land after the death of her grandfather Dick Mason, an old prospector. She leaves her hometown of Selma, Alabama for the Northwest to settle in a place called Oristown. Upon arrival, she decides to stay in the Driscoll Hotel but its owner, Jefferson Driscoll, a light-skinned black man, is passing as white and scorns the company of other African Americans. Driscoll forces Eve to sleep outside in his barn where she is menaced by another black man Driscoll has sent to sleep there. Exhausted from her journey, but too terrified to stay in the barn, Eve runs out into the woods, and Driscoll laughs uproariously at her distress. In the morning, she meets a kind, young prospector named Hugh van Allen, who happens to be her new neighbor. Van Allen is also African American, but doesn't realize that Eve is as well. They become fast friends, and van Allen offers Eve a ride to her new house. When they get there, van Allen continues to show kindness and helps Eve get settled into her little cabin. Before leaving, he gives Eve a gun and tells her to shoot it twice if she's ever in trouble.
DVD-R has English intertitles with no subtitles. Approx. 58 mins. See film sample for audio and video quality!