Back Pay (1922)


Hester Bevins is a simple country girl who yearns for adventure. Though she has a handsome young man, Jerry, who is devoted to her, she leaves her village and goes to New York in search of a grander life. There she becomes the lover of a wealthy and unscrupulous businessman. But when Jerry returns blinded and dying from the war, Hester must choose between her new life and the man whose loyalty to her has never failed.

Director: Frank Borzage.
Stars: Seena Owen, Matt Moore, J. Barney Sherry, Ethel Duray, Charles Craig, Jerry Sinclair.


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  1. Allan
    April 26, 2019

    An affecting film about a woman reclaiming her lost life and moral worth.through the suffering of her first love . There is nothing surprising in this film -it comes from a Fanny Hurst short story after all – but there are some quite moving scenes in the film that Seena Owen (an actress I had not seen before) carries with grace and pathos..
    Just a post script -after the conclusion of the film there is a list of contributors who helped restore and make the film fit for viewing. The list easily hits sixty perhaps more people. Thank heavens for these cinemaphiles who maintain our connection to film history. And thank you Jon for making this film available.

  2. Carol Tenge
    July 25, 2023

    Just loved it. I cried at the end. The mark of a good picture.
    Thank you so much for a great story.

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