Cast & Crew
Robert T. Haines
Thomas J. Cosgrove, a Catholic priest, dedicates his time to helping his parishioners and keeping his devoted mother company. After Jerry Conners, his brother-in-law and a steel mill foreman, fires Feroni, a drug addict, the former employee swears revenge and murders Conners that night. Unable to locate Feroni, the police close the investigation, but Cosgrove and Parker, the steel mill owner, vow to track down the killer themselves. One night, Parker receives a message to meet Cosgrove at his church and, while waiting outside, is stabbed to death by Feroni. Because his knife is found to be the murder weapon, Cosgrove is convicted of the crime and sentenced to die. All attempts to appeal his conviction fail, but on the eve of Cosgrove's execution, Feroni is struck down by lightning and admits to both murders, explaining that he confessed to Cosgrove after the second, knowing that the priest could not repeat any detail of his deed. With only minutes to spare, Cosgrove is saved from the gallows.
This film was produced in 1917 and screened in December of that year in a nine reel version at the Aeolian Hall in New York. Apparently no subsequent screening or general release of the nine reel version was undertaken that year. In September of 1920, the C. B. C. Film Sales Corp. announced that The Victim was to be its first release under the state rights system. Jack Cohen was hired at that time to title and re-edit the film down to six reels.