~The Broken Commandments~
1919
Directed by: Frank Beal

Written by:
Ruth Ann Baldwin - screenplay & story
John B. Clymer - story
~Cast~

Gladys Brockwell ... Nella Banard
William Scott ... 'Sporting Chance' Austin
Tom Santschi ... John Radd (as Thomas Santschi)
G. Raymond Nye ... Berger
Spottiswoode Aitken ... Mr. Banard
Margaret McWade ... Mrs. Banard
Lule Warrenton ... Hannah, the Maid
~Remaining Credits~

Produced & Released by Fox Film Corporation

Cinematography by: Friend Baker

Length: 5 Reels
Runtime: 50 Minutes
Released: September 14, 1919
~Plot Synopsis~
Nella Banard (Gladys Brockwell) has been temporarily left alone in her cabin home by her parents
(Spottiswood Aitken and Margaret McWade). While they are in the city, two escaped convicts come
seeking shelter. One insults Nella, and the other, "Sporting Chance" Austin (William Scott), chases
him away. Austin has been serving time for a crime he did not commit, and he and Nella develop a
strong attraction for each other. They spend the night together and Austin leaves in search of a
preacher. But he is caught and sent back to jail. Nella waits in vain for him, and then because she is
pregnant, she agrees to marry a writer who she is working for as a secretary. Three years pass, and
the writer goes to the prison in search of material and meets Austin. He is finally about to be
released, and when the writer hears his sad story, he agrees to bring him home. He has no idea that
Austin and his wife are acquainted, but he finds out. The two men debate who has the right to Amy,
and Austin, who is a gambler, suggests they roll dice for her. The writer agrees, but Austin, who is
determined to lose for the sake of Amy and his child, uses loaded dice. The writer, of course, wins,
and Austin takes his leave.

Plot Synopsis by Janiss Garza, AllMovie.com
B4-17 Gladys Brockwell in BROKEN COMMANDMENTS, 1919