Alias Jimmy Valentine (1920 film)

Alias Jimmy Valentine is a 1920 American silent film crime drama starring Bert Lytell, directed by Edmund Mortimer and Arthur Ripley, and released through Metro Pictures.

Alias Jimmy Valentine
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Directed byEdmund Mortimer
Arthur D. Ripley
Produced byMaxwell Karger
Written byFinis Fox
Based ona play
by Paul Armstrong
StarringBert Lytell
CinematographySol Polito
Edited byEdward M. McDermott
Distributed byMetro Pictures
Release date
  • April 14, 1920 (1920-04-14)
Running time
6 reels
CountryUnited States

The film was based on a 1910 stage play by Paul Armstrong, which in turn was based on the short story "A Retrieved Reformation" by O. Henry. An earlier version of the play was filmed in 1915, and a later version, also called Alias Jimmy Valentine (1928) and starring William Haines, was produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.


Based upon a review in a film magazine,[1] Jimmy Valentine (Lytell), a prisoner in Sing Sing for safe-cracking, although guilty, maintains his innocence. When he obtains a pardon, he goes straight, influenced by a beautiful girl (Vale). He assumes a new identity as Lee Randall and diligently works at a bank for three years. When he is about to get married, Detective Doyle comes to town with proof of Valentine's guilt. However, the Randall identity is complete, and just as the detective is convinced and about to leave, word comes that a little girl is trapped in the bank safe and no one has the combination. Although the detective is nearby, Valentine uses his skills to open the safe, knowing that it will give away his identity. After the girl is rescued, the detective decides to leave without arresting Valentine.


Preservation status

This 1920 film is now considered a lost film.[2][3][4]

See also


  1. "Alias Jimmy Valentine: Old Time Crook Play as Thrilling as Ever". Motion Picture News. New York City: Motion Picture News, Inc. 21 (17): 3559. Apr 17, 1920. Retrieved 2014-02-25.
  2. "Silent Era : Progressive Silent Film List". Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  3. League, The Broadway. "Alias Jimmy Valentine – Broadway Show – Play - IBDB". Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  4. "Alias Jimmy Valentine". 21 October 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.

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