Allan Dwan was the producer-screenwriter and D.W. Griffith the supervising director of the Northwoods melodrama Jordan is a Hard Road. Based on a novel by Sir Gilbert Parker, the film cast Dorothy Gish as the daughter of reformed bandit Ralph Lewis. Without ever tipping her off to his true identity, the ex-bandit devotes himself to protecting the girl and providing for her well-being. The film concludes with a "judge not lest ye be judged" gracenote, with the symbolic march of all the film's characters towards the River Jordan. Excellent location photography is but one of the pluses of this Grade-A character study.
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