Thomas Busch is without question the world’s most dangerous criminal – doubly dangerous because he has escaped from every jail he was in. Countless stories are told of his ingenuous breakouts. Again the police set a trap to catch the clever fiend. They succeed and Busch is back in prison, awaiting his verdict. His day in court arrives, but the courtroom is not where he intends to make his escape. No, he has planned everything so carefully that he knows he will be back with his gang in four days.
A death sentence adds urgency to Busch’s efforts. As his last wish, Busch asks to tell his story to a writer. The warden sends for a respected writer, Dr Stein, who finds the condemned man to be an informed and exceptional storyteller. Unwittingly, the writer over the next few days acts as a messenger to Busch’s helpers.
Dr Stein pays regular visits to Busch, who is now well into dictating the third chapter. Finally, the day of his escape arrives: that morning, Dr Stein is assaulted at home by two of the master criminal’s henchmen who tie him hand and foot. When the thugs leave the flat again a few minutes later, one is perfectly disguised as Dr Stein. He hurries to the prison where he and his boss have no trouble overpowering the unsuspecting guard.
|Production company:||Nordisk Films Kompagni|
|Releae date and place:||7.8. 1916 / Vesterbro Teater|
|Carl Th. Dreyer||Screenwriter|
|Lauritz Olsen||Thomas Busch|
|Frederik Jacobsen||Dr. Stein, writer|
|Holger Syndergaard||Schreiber, Warden|
|Oluf Billesborg||Dernburg, General Manager of gambling casino|
|Ingeborg Skov||Elsie, Dernburg's daughter|