~Pudd'nhead Wilson~
1916
~PW14: Thomas Meighan & Florence Dagmar~
~PW38: Thomas Meighan~
~Plot Synopsis~
In the pre-Civil War South, lawyer Pudd'nhead Wilson suffers the mockery of the community
because of his obsession with fingerprints. Two of his samples are the infant prints of Tom Driscoll,
the son of a white woman, and Chambers, whose mother is a mulatto nurse. Both boys have the
same father, however, and both are about the same age, and after their birth, Roxy, angry at the
Driscolls, switches them, so that quadroon valet. Then, the false Tom murders his uncle and tries to
blame his valet for the crime. Pudd'nhead defends the accused, and while comparing new fingerprint
samples against the old, discovers the switch that was made years before. He then convinces an
initially skeptical jury to accept the infallibility of fingerprint evidence, after which the real Tom is
restored as the Driscoll heir and the false one goes to jail.

Plot Synopsis from afi.com
Directed by: Frank Reicher

Written by: Margaret Turnbull (scenario)

Based on the novel The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain
(Hartford, 1894).
~Cast~

Theodore Roberts ...Pudd'nhead Wilson
Alan Hale ...Tom Driscoll
Thomas Meighan ...Chambers
Florence Dagmar ...Rowena Cooper
Jane Wolfe ...Roxy (as Jane Wolff)
Ernest Joy ...Judge Driscoll
Gertrude Kellar ...Mrs. Driscoll
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company

Released by: Paramount Pictures

Cinematography by: Walter Stradling
Art Direction by: Wilfred Buckland

Length: 5 Reels
Runtime: 50 Minutes
Released: January 31, 1916
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