For His Mother’s Sake

Year of Release:  1922
Genre:   Drama
Rating:   N/A
Runtime:   Unknown
Black & White
Studio(s):  Fidelity Pictures Co., Blackburn-Velde Pictures
Director:   Unknown

Jack Johnson, Adrian Joyce, Mattie Wilkes, Ruth Walker

A man takes the blame for a crime actually committed by his no-good but favored younger brother.  In order to save his mother further embarrassment he flees to Mexico, where he becomes a successful prizefighter.  He returns home a wealthy man, pays his brother’s debt and is reunited with his faithful fiancée.

This film marked the fiction film debut of ex-heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson, who appeared in person at the film’s opening in Harlem at the New Douglas Theater, of which he was said to be a partner, according to an unidentified news item in the George P. Johnson Collection in the UCLA Special Collections Library. The film was made at Cliffside, NJ, and at one point, a sheriff took possession of the negative for alleged non-payment of rent.

Source:  TCM; Photo of Jack Johnson Source:

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