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David Spencer falls in love with Babbie Norris, an actress, but his wealthy, propriety conscious father, John Spencer, makes him marry the aristocratic Janice Lane. After five years with Janice, David is miserable, and so goes to the river to drown himself. When he sees a corpse floating in the water, however, he decides instead to change clothes with it, and leave his own identification cards on the dead man. Then, starting life over, David gets work as a laborer. He meets Babbie once again, and soon moves to the Northwest with her. Meanwhile, after the dead man has been identified as David, Janice marries Dr. Stone, whom she has loved for several years.
Walter D. Greene
Tolstoy wrote The Living Corpse, which was also called Redemption, in 1900, but it was not produced until 1911. The film was originally titled The Greater Love. Among the many other screen adaptations of Tolstoy's play are: the 1929 Soviet-German co-production The Living Corpse, directed by Fedor Ozep and starring Vsevolod Pudoukin; the 1930 M-G-M production Redemption, directed by Fred Niblo and starring John Gilbert (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.4523); and the 1939 French film The Living Corpse, directed by Marcel L'Herbier.