The First Degree


1923

Film Details

Release Date
Feb 5, 1923
Premiere Information
New York premiere: 30 Jan 1923
Production Company
Universal Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "The Summons," by George Parullo in Saturday Evening Post (14 Feb 1914).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
4,395ft (5 reels)

Synopsis

Sam Bass receives a summons to testify before a grand jury, and not realizing that the matter concerns sheep-stealing he assumes it to concern the murder of his brother, Will. Conscience-stricken, Sam relates a long tale about how Will had framed him for bank robbery, then blackmailed him. Sam further confesses that he killed Will in a fight. However, the jury is sympathetic and refuses to indict Sam. The next witness is Will, very much alive, who is eventually convicted of both sheep-stealing and blackmail.

Film Details

Release Date
Feb 5, 1923
Premiere Information
New York premiere: 30 Jan 1923
Production Company
Universal Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "The Summons," by George Parullo in Saturday Evening Post (14 Feb 1914).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
4,395ft (5 reels)

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