The False Road

The False Road

Film still
Directed by Fred Niblo
Produced by Thomas H. Ince
Written by C. Gardner Sullivan
Starring Enid Bennett
Lloyd Hughes
Cinematography George Barnes
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • April 18, 1920 (1920-04-18)
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The False Road is a 1920 American silent drama film directed by Fred Niblo. A copy of the film is preserved at the Library of Congress.[1][2][3]


As described in a film publication,[4] Betty Palmer (Bennett) is in a New York criminal gang. Her sweetheart, Roger Moran (Hughes), completes a two year sentence at Sing Sing and surprises her when he announces at a banquet the gang gives in honor of his return that he is going straight. She refuses to leave her pals in the gang, so he leaves her and finally obtains work at a local bank in a small New England town. Later, the gang leader sends Betty and a confederate to rob the bank. Roger follows them back to New York and, by posing as a backslider, succeeds through Betty in recovering the stolen cash. Betty then abandons the life of crime and marries the man of her heart.



  1. Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at the Library of Congress,.. by The American Film Institute, c.1978
  2. "New York Times: The False Road". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-06-07.
  3. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1911-20 The American Film Institute, c.1988
  4. "The False Road: Crook Story Is Too Tame and the Action Too Mild". Motion Picture News. New York City: Motion Picture News, Inc. 21 (21): 4233. May 15, 1920. Retrieved 2014-04-07.
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