The Curious Conduct of Judge Legarde (1915)

Randolph Legarde, a senior judge of a criminal court, betrothed to Agnes Caverly, is injured by the kick of a horse at the base of his skull. The injury has the effect of establishing in ... See full summary »


Will S. Davis


Victor Mapes (play), Louis Forest (play) | 1 more credit »


Cast overview:
Lionel Barrymore ... Judge Randolph Legarde
Edna Pendleton ... Amelia Garside
William H. Tooker William H. Tooker ... Inspector Barton
Roy Applegate ... Big Charles
T. Waln-Mogan Draper T. Waln-Mogan Draper ... (as T.W.M. Draper)
Augustus Balfour Augustus Balfour ... (as August Balfour)
Charles E. Graham Charles E. Graham
Arthur Morrison Arthur Morrison
Edward Roseman ... (as Ed Roseman)
Thomas O'Keefe Thomas O'Keefe
Betty Young Betty Young


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Randolph Legarde, a senior judge of a criminal court, betrothed to Agnes Caverly, is injured by the kick of a horse at the base of his skull. The injury has the effect of establishing in Judge Legarde a dual personality. Miss Caverly, together with her father, a lawyer, is a guest of Judge Legarde and his sister at their apartments. In his courtship, inspired by a feeling of affectionate sentiment, he requests that her "good night" wishes to him be expressed by her playing on the piano, Schubert's Serenade. A few evenings after the accident, as she is rendering this selection, and he listening, he feels an uncontrollable impulse stealing over him to perform some act of lawlessness or violence. The dual personality has its inception, and Judge Legarde, with distorted countenance and the carriage of a thief, suddenly becomes metamorphized into a being of the underworld. He steals out of his house, and on his ramblings through the city, ultimately finds himself the habitué of a den known... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Suppose you were a judge, and a beautiful girl whom you were about to sentence to jail accused you of being a criminal also, how would you act. see this wonderful story of dual personality (Print Ad- Saskatoon Phoenix, ((Saskatoon, Sask.)) 30 August 1919)



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Mr. Barrymore acts with authority and power
19 November 2019 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

The picture is unusual in the treatment of the dual personality theme, and still more out of the ordinary in its physical aspects. Street scenes at night were made in a studio for the purpose of getting novel effects in which the light values are correct, and in other respects the cameraman displayed a quite daring ingenuity rewarded by success, for photographically the film is notable. Time and again the dramatic worth of incidents in the story is appreciably strengthened by the artistic quality of the scenes, toned and tinted with evident care. The story opens with a capitally realistic court trial, serving to bring out the argument on which the drama is based, or rather showing how Judge Legrande refuses to countenance the plea of a dual personality, one good the other evil, offered in defense of a young woman accused of crime. Knocked down by an automobile, the judge is so deranged that he leads a double life, remaining an upright citizen by day and becoming a thief and a gangster at night. His unconscious shifting from good to evil, the dovetailing of the life of the judge and the gang leader, with its limitless possibilities for dramatic complications, is made interesting. Needless to say, there is an abundance of action in a story of this description, the better for the scientific foundation explained in the sub-titles, some of them direct quotations from a treatise on dual personality. In both phases of Legrande's character, Mr. Barrymore acts with authority and power, delightfully free from unnecessary exaggerations. - The Moving Picture World, April 10, 1915

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April 1915 (USA) See more »

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The Valley of Night See more »

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Life Photo Film Corp. See more »
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