Jim the Penman (1915 film)

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Jim the Penman
Directed by Edwin S. Porter
Produced by Adolph Zukor
Starring John B. Mason
Harold Lockwood
Cinematography Edwin S. Porter
William Waddell
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
June 3, 1915
Running time
5 reels
Country United States
Language Silent

Jim the Penman is a 1915 silent film crime drama produced by the Famous Players Film Company and released through Paramount Pictures. It was the first movie based on a well-known stage play, Jim the Penman by Charles Lawrence Young, about a forger in Victorian Britain. The film was directed by Edwin S. Porter and starred stage actor John B. Mason, in his debut film, in line with Adolph Zukor's efforts to recruit famous stage actors for films. Co-starring with Mason was the young up-and-coming favorite Harold Lockwood. Mason had played the part on the stage in the 1910 season on Broadway.[1]

Some sources erroneously credit this film as being shot in a stereoscopic format, but it was in fact shot in the conventional 2D format. Stereoscopic tests films were shot by Porter (not for use in the film) using the sets and actors.[2] This film is lost.[3]


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