~Jim the Penman~
Directed by: Kenneth S. Webb

Written by: Dorothy Farnum

Based on the play by Charles Lawrence Young

Lionel Barrymore ... James Ralston
Doris Rankin ... Nina Bronson
Anders Randolf ... Baron Hartfeld
Douglas MacPherson ... Louis Percival
Gladys Leslie ... Agnes Ralston
Charles Coghlan ... Captain Redwood
James Laffey ... E.J. Smith
Ned Burton ... Enoch Bronson
Arthur Rankin ... Lord Drelincourt
Charles Edwards ... Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Whitman Bennett Productions

Distribution Company: Associated First National Pictures

Produced by: Whitman Bennett
Cinematography by: Tom L. Griffith & Harry Stradling Sr.
Art Direction by: Roy Webb
Set Decoration by: R.E. Wortham
Assistant Director: James Dealy

Length: 6 Reels
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Released: April 1921
~Plot Synopsis~
Lionel Barrymore stars in this melodrama, based on the play by Sir James L. Young. Jim Ralston
(Barrymore) is a country bank clerk who has a talent for forging signatures. He's in love with Nina
Bronson (Doris Rankin, Barrymore's real life wife) and saves her father (Ned Burton) from financial
ruin by forging a check. Baron Hartfeld, the check's owner (Anders Randolf), catches him, but instead
of prosecuting, he decides that Jim could be of use. As a result, Ralston winds up in charge of a gang
of forgers. He also destroys Nina's romance with Louis Percival (Douglas MacPherson) through a
series of forged notes. Jim then marries Nina and their daughter Louise grows up to become engaged
to the son of an English banker who is about to be victimized by Jim's gang. Then Percival and Nina
discover the forgeries that caused their misunderstanding. Jim realizes it is the end for him, so he
takes his gang out on a yacht and sinks it, killing everyone aboard.

Plot Synopsis by Janiss Garza, AllMovie.com