Though entirely fictional, this Gaumont melodrama had a realistic, documentary-like "feel" -- or at least that was the opinion of the Variety reviewer. While working on a road gang, a convict seizes an opportunity to escape. A huge reward is posted for the convict's capture, a fact underlined several times in the course of the film. The scene then shifts to a poverty-stricken family, about to be evicted for nonpayment of rent. The family takes pity on the fugitive convict, offering him food and shelter. As a means of repayment, the convict insists that the family turn him in for the reward money -- which, after initial protests, they do. The story line of The Convict's Heroism bore a marked resemblance to D.W. Griffith's A Convict's Sacrifice.
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