~Name The Man~
1924
~Promotional Photograph from The California Theater
promoting the screening of "Name the Man," in 1924~
~Plot Synopsis~
This powerful drama, based on the novel The Master of Man, by Sir Hall Caine, was the first time
Swedish director Victor Sjorstrom made a film in America. When her stepfather (De Witt Jennings)
locks her out of the house, Bessie Collister (Mae Busch) finds refuge with Victor Stowell (Conrad
Nagel), who she had met earlier that evening at a dance. They spend the night together and Stowell
decides he must marry her instead of his fiancée, Fennella Stanley (Patsy Ruth Miller). When he
goes to tell his father (Hobart Bosworth), the deemster (a judicial officer on the Isle of Man, where
the action takes place), Stowell finds him dead. Victor's friend, Alick Gell (Creighton Hale), falls in
love with Bessie, but runs home to her mother (Evelyn Selbie) after finding out she is pregnant.
Stowell becomes deemster in his father's place, and his first case is Bessie, who is accused of killing
her baby. Although Gell defends Bessie, she is sentenced to die. Stowell helps Bessie escape from
jail, and she runs away with Gell. Enraged at Bessie's escape, a mob gathers and Stowell admits to
being the man who helped her -- and that he is the father of her dead child. He gets a two-year
prison sentence, but Fennella has forgiven him his transgression, and meets him at the prison
where they are married.

Plot Synopsis from allmovie.com
Directed by: Victor Sjöström

Written by: Paul Bern

Based on the novel The Master of Man; the Story of a Sin by Hall Caine
(New York & Philadelphia, 1921).
~Cast~

Mae Busch ...  Bessie Collister
Conrad Nagel ...  Victor Stowell
Hobart Bosworth ...  Christian Stowell
Creighton Hale ...  Alick Gell
Patsy Ruth Miller ...  Fenella Stanley
Winter Hall ...  Gov. Stanley
Aileen Pringle ...  Isabelle
DeWitt Jennings ...  Dan Collister
Evelyn Selbie ...  Lisa Collister
Mark Fenton ...  Constable Cain
Anna Dodge ...  Mrs. Quayle
Mrs. Charles Craig ...  Mrs. Brown
Cecil Holland ...  Coroner
Lucien Littlefield ...  Sharf
William Orlamond ...  Taubman
Charles Hill Mailes ...  Attorney General
Andrew Arbuckle ...  Vondy
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~185-136: Acting as the attorney who defends Bessie Collister (Mae Busch), the girl he has loved
since childhood, and who is on trial for her life, Dan (DeWitt Jennings) rises to dramatic height in
his plea before the jury.

Pictured here (l to r) DeWitt Jennings, Patsy Ruth Miller & Mae Busch~
~Remaining Credits~

Produced by: Goldwyn Pictures Corporation

Distributed by: Goldwyn-Cosmopolitan Distributing Corporation

Produced by: Samuel Goldwyn
Cinematography by: Charles Van Enger
Editorial Director:
June Mathis  
Script Supervisor: Albert Lewin

Length: 8 Reels
Runtime: 80 Minutes
Released: January 27, 1924
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