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The Miracle Man (1919)

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Critic Consensus: Wildly entertaining on every level, The Miracle Man finds writer-director-producer George Loane Tucker setting a rousing new standard for cinema.

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A group of crooks in New York City's Chinatown hear about an old hermit (Joseph J. Dowling) in a small upstate village who's performing miraculous cures. When they find out that the man is blind and deaf, they decide to pay him a visit. The leader, Tom Burke (Thomas Meighan), has his girlfriend Rose (Betty Compson), pose as the hermit's long-lost grand niece. Burke, Rose and the other crooks, the Frog (Lon Chaney) and the Dope, a morphine addict (J. M. Dumont), all become part of the hermit's household. The Frog fakes being a cripple, and the hoodlums figure that when he pretends to be cured, people will pay loads of money -- to the gang -- for the hermit's services. But they find out that the hermit's powers are real. This begins a change in the crooks -- the Dope quits drugs, the Frog is adopted by a gray-haired country lady, and when Rose is courted by a millionaire, she prefers to stay with Burke, who is finally won over by the hermit's faith. This film was based on a play by George M. Cohan, which was adapted from a book by Frank Packard.

Cast

Thomas Meighan
as Tom Burke
Lon Chaney
as The Frog
Elinor Fair
as Claire King
F.A. Turner
as Mr. Higgins
Lucille Hutton
as Ruth Higgins
Lawson Butt
as Richard King
Joseph J. Dowling
as The Patriarch
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Critic Reviews for The Miracle Man

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (8)

The pictorial quality seems to hold a place equal to that of the dramatic values In this picture. Many of the shots reveal a talent for composition that is rare.

January 11, 2022 | Full Review…

You've been crying for something "different." Here you have it. The Miracle Man is an unusual picture. It is a great picture. And George Loane Tucker is its director.

January 11, 2022 | Full Review…

The story is of interest to believer and unbeliever alike. There is a human interest to plot that cannot fail but grip man, woman or child.

January 11, 2022 | Full Review…

We do not mean to suggest that The Miracle Man is the summit of human achievement, as regards the cinematograph. It is not that, but it does at least equal, and possibly excel, any film that has hitherto been produced.

September 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Mr. Tucker starts his story slowly, ends it badly, and lets it drag perceptibly after the big scene.

November 7, 2019 | Full Review…

The general setting out of the story is good, and the artists know their business.

November 7, 2019 | Full Review…

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