Actress

Lila Leslie

  • Jan 01, 1890 - Sep 08, 1940 (age 50)
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1940
Lila Leslie
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Lila Leslie

Lila Leslie passed away.
1933
What's to Do?
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MovieNov 24, 1933

What's to Do?

Sonny Rogers has just gotten elected class president, he's …
Sonny Rogers has just gotten elected class president, he's a star baseball player, and has a cute girlfriend. But, thanks to the conniving of his rival, Harry Vanderpool, he and his whole family are going to have to move to Seattle! Sonny needs the help of his pals and his pesky little sister, Mary Lou, to get out of this one.
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1927
The Secret Studio
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MovieJun 14, 1927

The Secret Studio

Ambitious Rosemary Merton ( Olive Borden ), agrees to pose in …
Ambitious Rosemary Merton ( Olive Borden ), agrees to pose in the studio of Larry Kane ( Ben Bard ), a depraved artist, but she refuses to do so in the nude. However, Kane makes it appear in the portrait that she posed in that manner, and she is disgraced when local newspapers print the picture. She is eventually exonerated by the intervention of Sloan Whitney ( Clifford Holland ), her wealthy young sweetheart; and Rosemary makes the sacrifice of ambition for love.
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Getting Gertie's Garter
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MovieFeb 8, 1927

Getting Gertie's Garter

Attorney Ken Walrick, not …
Attorney Ken Walrick, not quite realizing the difference between a garter and a bracelet, gives Gertie Darling a bejewelled garter with his photograph in miniature attached. But then he must cover his indiscretion by getting the garter back before his fiancee finds out.
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The First Night
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MovieJan 1, 1927

The First Night

The First Night is a film directed by Richard Thorpe released on …
The First Night is a film directed by Richard Thorpe released on January 1, 1927.
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1926
Forever After
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MovieOct 17, 1926

Forever After

From the day they first met in the schoolhouse in a small New …
From the day they first met in the schoolhouse in a small New England town, Theodore Wayne, son of a respected lawyer, and Jennie Clapton, daughter of wealthy parents, have been sweethearts. Their romance has progressed into their college years, where Ted has become a big football star on the gridiron. But Jack Randall, the wealthiest boy in town, has also courted Jennie, with the approval of her mother, impressed and blinded by Jack's money. Ted's father dies, and Ted has to leave college to return home to a menial job in order to support his mother. Jennie's love for him never waivers, but her mother convinces Ted that Jennie's happiness hinges on having money and social position. He leaves town, with his mother, and Jennie is heartbroken. Then World War I breaks out.
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Skinner's Dress Suit
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MovieApr 18, 1926

Skinner's Dress Suit

Honey Skinner is proud of her successful husband. When …
Honey Skinner is proud of her successful husband. When he tells her he's going to ask for a raise, she knows he'll get it. He asks his boss just as their big client announces he's not renewing his contract. He doesn't get the raise, but he's too embarrassed to tell his wife the truth. She starts making plans to spend that extra $10 a week; the first thing is a new dress suit for him and a new outfit for her so they can fit in at a swanky party. They're the hit of the party, and Honey is embraced by the 'smart set.' Meanwhile, business is bad and Skinner loses his job. The tailor is after him for payment on the suit, and Honey is still spending the salary he doesn't have.
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1925
The Last Edition
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MovieNov 8, 1925

The Last Edition

The assistant foreman of the San Francisco Chronicle press …
The assistant foreman of the San Francisco Chronicle press-room, Tom MacDonald is passed over for the post of foreman in favor of a younger man. He gains satisfaction, though, when his son, Ray, obtains a good job in the district attorney's office. Reporter Clarence Walker, in love with MacDonald's daughter, Polly, is sent to obtain evidence against notorious bootlegger Sam Blotz, who is protected by Assistant District Attorney Gerald Fuller. Blotz and Fuller frame Ray to put Walker off their track. Although his conscience bothers him, Walker reports the story in time for the last edition. MacDonald attempts to stop the presses, and when Blotz's henchman, "Red" Moran, blows up the building, MacDonald is blamed and put in jail with his son. Walker eventually uncovers evidence exonerating the father and son, MacDonald is made foreman, and a new newspaper plant is built.
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1924
Being Respectable
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MovieJul 1, 1924

Being Respectable

Wealthy young Charles Carpenter is pressured by his family to …
Wealthy young Charles Carpenter is pressured by his family to marry Suzanne, even though he is really in love with young "flapper" Valerie. He gives in to his family's pressure, however, and marries Suzanne, after which Valerie leaves town. Years later, after Charles and Suzanne have had a child, Valerie comes back to town and Charles realizes he is still in love with her, and she with him. Complications ensue.
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Reno or Bust
MovieMar 23, 1924

Reno or Bust

Reno or Bust released.
Why Men Leave Home
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MovieMar 3, 1924

Why Men Leave Home

John and Irene Emerson's marriage begins well …
John and Irene Emerson's marriage begins well enough, but it is not long before John becomes less attentive. Feeling neglected, Irene spends more time with her girl friends, and John, consequently, falls prey to the vamping wiles of his secretary, Jean Ralston. When John comes home from the theater smelling of Jean's perfume, Irene procures a divorce; John then marries Jean. Grandma Sutton cleverly maneuvers John and Irene into her house and has it quarantined. They realize they love each other; John divorces Jean, remarries Irene, and takes her on a second honeymoon.
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1923
The Huntress
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MovieAug 20, 1923

The Huntress

Bela ( Colleen Moore ), reared by Indians, learns that she is a …
Bela ( Colleen Moore ), reared by Indians, learns that she is a white orphan and runs away from the Indian village to avoid marrying a brave from the tribe. She determines to marry land prospector Sam Gladding ( Lloyd Hughes ), who resists her advances but later falls in love with Bela when an Indian sage gives him some advice.
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What Wives Want
MovieMay 6, 1923

What Wives Want

What Wives Want released.
1922
The Hottentot
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MovieDec 25, 1922

The Hottentot

A young man happens to have the same name as a famous …
A young man happens to have the same name as a famous steeplechase jockey, and when he finds out that people keep mistaking him for the jockey (even though he's never been on a horse in his life and is actually terrified of them), he starts to play along with it, even going so far as to wear the same kind of racing togs the real jockey wears. Eventually things get out of hand, and before he knows it he's forced to substitute in a race for the real jockey--and finds out that the horse he's supposed to ride is a ferocious beast called Hottentot.
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A Front Page Story
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MovieDec 1, 1922

A Front Page Story

A Front Page Story is a 1922 American silent comedy film …
A Front Page Story is a 1922 American silent comedy film directed by Jess Robbins and starring Edward Everett Horton, Lloyd Ingraham, and James Corrigan.
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Young Ideas
MovieSep 11, 1922

Young Ideas

Young Ideas released.
The Men of Zanzibar
MovieMay 21, 1922

The Men of Zanzibar

The Men of Zanzibar is a 1922 American silent mystery film …
The Men of Zanzibar is a 1922 American silent mystery film directed by Rowland V. Lee and starring William Russell, Ruth Renick and Claude Payton. The American consul in Zanzibar is informed that a fugitive American has just reached the African coast, and becomes suspicious of a newly-arrived Bostonian.
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Bluebeard, Jr.
MovieMar 19, 1922

Bluebeard, Jr.

Bluebeard, Jr. released.
Any Night
MovieJan 1, 1922

Any Night

Any Night released.
1921
Keeping Up with Lizzie
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MovieMay 1, 1921

Keeping Up with Lizzie

Vowing that his daughter …
Vowing that his daughter Lizzie will not marry his business rival Pettigrew's son, Sam Henshaw sends her off to finishing school. Pettigrew, meanwhile sends his son Dan to Harvard. When Lizzie returns home after a tour of Europe, she is accompanied by Count Louis Roland, who sees Lizzie as his ticket to wealth once he convinces her to marry him. Unfortunately, Lizzie has picked up some expensive habits while in Europe, and her father, unable to keep up with her spending, is forced to declare bankruptcy. When Dan Pettigrew returns home, he discovers that the Count isn't quite what he claims to be. Complications ensue.
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1920
Blue Streak McCoy
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MovieAug 23, 1920

Blue Streak McCoy

Ranger Job "Blue Streak" McCoy helps a miner and his pretty …
Ranger Job "Blue Streak" McCoy helps a miner and his pretty young daughter who are trying to protect their valuable mine from a gang leader who wants to take it.
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The Best of Luck
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MovieJul 1, 1920

The Best of Luck

The Best of Luck is a 1920 American silent drama film …
The Best of Luck is a 1920 American silent drama film directed by Ray C. Smallwood and starring Kathryn Adams, Jack Holt and Lila Leslie. It was adapted from a British play which had been a hit in the West End. A young American woman moves to Scotland and purchases an ancestral castle. She is pursued by two suitors, one a British nobleman and the other an underhand Spaniard.
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Love's Harvest
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MovieJun 5, 1920

Love's Harvest

Love's Harvest released.
Number 99
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MovieMay 23, 1920

Number 99

Number 99 released.
The Butterfly Man
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MovieApr 18, 1920

The Butterfly Man

Sedgewick Blynn is a gigolo--albeit a broke one--determined to …
Sedgewick Blynn is a gigolo--albeit a broke one--determined to marry into money, no matter what it takes. One evening he saves a young child from burning to death in a fire and is hailed as a hero. Bessie Morgan, a young heiress, falls for him and vows to marry him, but her father puts a stop to the elopement. Not long after that Sedgewick is hit by some news that changes his life forever.
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1919
Satan Junior
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MovieMar 3, 1919

Satan Junior

a 18 year boy went to his aunt's house for studying …
a 18 year boy went to his aunt's house for studying graduation.due to the infatuation make them sleep together.some how her husband them on the bed,and brutally harassed her in front of him.
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Johnny-on-the-Spot
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MovieFeb 17, 1919

Johnny-on-the-Spot

Johnny-on-the-Spot is a 1919 American silent comedy film. …
Johnny-on-the-Spot is a 1919 American silent comedy film. Directed by Harry L. Franklin, the film stars Hale Hamilton, Louise Lovely, and Philo McCullough. It was released on February 17, 1919.
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1918
The Silent Woman
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MovieSep 2, 1918

The Silent Woman

The Silent Woman is a 1918 American silent drama film, …
The Silent Woman is a 1918 American silent drama film, directed by Herbert Blaché. It stars Edith Storey, Frank Mills, and Joseph Kilgour, and was released on September 2, 1918.
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1916
The Fortunate Youth
MovieMar 1, 1916

The Fortunate Youth

Young English boy Paul Kegsworthy lives with his …
Young English boy Paul Kegsworthy lives with his brutal stepfather after his real father was thrown in jail. Paul eventually runs away and arrives in London, changing his name to Paul Savelli. Young Princess Sophie Zobraska takes Paul under her wing, sees that he's educated and, when she feels he's ready, grooms him to run for Parliament. His opponent, Silas Finn, is an older and more established politician, and one day he comes to Paul and demands that he bow out of the race, but Paul Refuses. Finn, however, has an ace up his sleeve that Paul hasn't counted on.
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1915
The Meddlesome Darling
MovieNov 24, 1915

The Meddlesome Darling

The Meddlesome Darling released.
A Woman Reclaimed
MovieOct 22, 1915

A Woman Reclaimed

A Woman Reclaimed released.
The Witness
MovieAug 5, 1915

The Witness

The Witness released.
The Inventor's Peril
MovieJun 3, 1915

The Inventor's Peril

The lives of a young inventor and his sweetheart are saved by …
The lives of a young inventor and his sweetheart are saved by the use of his revolutionary new invention, a wireless telephone.
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Nobody Would Believe
MovieMay 28, 1915

Nobody Would Believe

To disprove the contention made by the social reformer, Roger …
To disprove the contention made by the social reformer, Roger Latham, that hundreds of girls are lost in the cities every year, the editor of the Star, which has ridiculed Latham, sends ...
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Rated at $10,000,000
MovieApr 15, 1915

Rated at $10,000,000

Samuel Ellis and May, his second wife, live by their wits. Sam …
Samuel Ellis and May, his second wife, live by their wits. Sam has a daughter by his first wife who has inherited her ideas and beauty from her dead mother. The Ellises concoct a scheme whereby they can use the girl to land them in the social swim. They take expensive apartments at the Savoy Hotel and send for Lily to join them. The girl leaves her school friends and takes a train for the city. As she enters the Pullman, "High Brow Joe," a crook, sees his chance to steal her handbag containing her ticket and money. When the conductor calls tor tickets, Lily is much embarrassed, but quickly relieved by a good looking stranger on the opposite side of the car. Arriving at the depot the stranger loses himself in the crowd without having given his name or address. Joe follows the stranger and relieves him of his wallet, in which he finds considerable money, papers and cards bearing the name of Robert Leeds. Later Joe reads in a paper that an immense fortune has been left to Robert Leeds and as the stranger has taken a connecting train for the west, Joe feels safe in impersonating his victim. He goes to the Savoy Hotel and registers under the name of Robert Leeds and is duly entertained as the young millionaire. Lily arrives at the hotel and as the news spreads the Ellises lose no time in becoming acquainted with the supposed Robert Leeds and introducing their daughter. At every opportunity, Lily is thrown in his way with due instructions to make herself agreeable, but try as she may she cannot like him. Later she detects him in stealing from the guests and Joe, feeling that she will probably hand him over to the police, decoys her into a cab with one of his pals and takes her to a hangout run by "Frisco Fan." There she is held a prisoner. She, however, manages to write a note stating her condition and throws it from the window. A gentleman passes and picking it up, carefully finds his way to her room and talking through the keyhole learns the true state of affairs. The girl pluckily declares that she will remain while the stranger goes for help. The man is no other than the true Robert Leeds; he goes to the Savoy Hotel and seeing his own name upon the register signs John Smith. The real Robert Leeds, secures the assistance of Farrel, the hotel detective, who quickly releases Lily from her prison and round up "Frisco Fan" and a number of crooks. Leeds then goes back to deal with "High-Brow Joe," gives him the beating of his life and turns him over to the detective. The Ellises are glad to get out of the hotel without paying their bill and it is a great pity they could not have been present when a happy bride and groom registered that night as Mr. and Mrs. Robert Leeds at the Savoy.
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The White Mask
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MovieApr 1, 1915

The White Mask

The Duchess and Duke of Granville are social leaders of …
The Duchess and Duke of Granville are social leaders of Brussels and favorites at the Court of King Leopold. The Duke, however, pays more attention to great speculative enterprises than court functions, and leaves the Duchess to her own sweet will as far as amusements and admirers are concerned, and she has many of both. Aside from the King himself, her most ardent admirer is Prince Nordoff. a Russian adventurer, and his attentions become so distasteful to her that she is compelled to rebuke him in the presence of a large company, thereby incurring his secret enmity. One night a grand reception is given at the Palace of the Duchess, and, among other entertainments, the Duchess creates a sensation by giving a dance of great beauty and abandon, which creates the impression among her titled guests. While the festivities are at their height, the Duke is going over the accounts of his wildest financial enterprise, finds himself suddenly made bankrupt, and is taken home, where the splendid entertainment is brought to a sudden termination by the news that he is lying at the point of death. Left a widow, the Duchess finds herself penniless, with an idolized son, Victor, whom she determines shall be reared in affluence. Accordingly, she places him in a school, presents herself for trial before a noted theatrical manager, and soon becomes the most famous dancer in Europe, under the title of "The White Mask." This sobriquet grew out of the fact that, not wishing to make public property of such a noble title as that of her dead husband, her performances have always been given with her face concealed behind a white mask, and not even her manager has the slightest notion of her identity. Attracting the attention of King Leopold, she is showered with many gifts from him, and is even honored by a banquet at the Regal Palace, where many notables pay her court. During the progress of the feast the King asks her to grant him the honor of permitting him to see her face, and she consents on condition that the disclosure shall be made only to him. As they withdraw from the table, the other guests, quite as anxious as his Majesty to learn who "The White Mask" can he, prevail upon Nordoff, who is present, to act as a spy upon the King and his noted guest, so that they, too, may be let into the secret. When he returns, however, he is compelled to announce that it was impossible for him to see the face of the dancer as she lifted her mask for Leopold. But at the close of the banquet, as she was stepping into her carriage, he impertinently tore the mask from her face, for which act the indignant lady slapped him with her fan and reported him to the King. The next day the newspapers were full of glaring headlines announcing the identity of "The White Mask," but from that day she never appeared in public again, and disappeared from Europe. Fifteen years elapse, and we find the former Duchess of Granville living in splendor in New York, as Mrs. Dean, a notable woman financier and leader of society. Her son, Victor, fresh from college and supplied with an abundant fortune, has become betrothed to Frances, only daughter of millionaire Blake, and his mother has given her hand to John Emerson, a well-known and very wealthy capitalist and promoter. Nordoff and an associate named Von Stader have come to America to float a rubber enterprise in the United States, and have letters of recommendation to John Emerson. Before these letters are presented, however, the two men encounter Emerson and Mrs. Dean at the jeweler's, and at once recognize her. Von Stader insists that they both keep her secret inviolate, but Nordoff decides to apply it as one of the levers to secure the confidence of Emerson. Nordoff has won the friendship of the dashing widow Bryce, whom he finds most valuable as an assistant in perfecting his financial plan, for she has once been betrothed to Emerson, and is only too willing to approve any plan that may successfully blackmail Mrs. Dean. At a reception given by Mrs. Dean to celebrate the coming union of four great fortunes, the first steps are taken toward the perfecting of their nefarious enterprise. Fearful of what the consequences of the disclosure of her true identity may be, Mrs. Dean permits herself to be morally blackmailed by the villainous Nordoff, and promises to advise Emerson to enter the financial schemes brought to America by him and Von Stader. But woman's jealousy thwarts the plans of the conspirators, for Mrs. Bryce is seen so much with Emerson during the evening that she excites the jealousy of Mrs. Dean, is called to account, and calls the guests together to inform them of an impostor sailing under false colors when Nordoff prevents her and takes her from the house. Nordoff is refused admittance to the Dean home, and word is sent to him to do his worst, since Mrs. Dean has decided not to carry out her bargain with him. Nordoff and Mrs. Bryce repair to Emerson's office and tell him the story of "The White Mask," without telling who she had been before assuming that title. Emerson breaks his engagement with Mrs. Dean and tells her that he has resumed his severed engagement with Mrs. Bryce. The letter arrives when Mrs. Dean and Victor are together, and the impetuous youth rushes from the house to Emerson's residence, followed by his mother. The son arrives there before his mother, has a stormy interview with Emerson, who is about to strike Victor when he seizes a dagger paper knife from the table, defends himself with it, and in the struggle to wrest it from the boy, the two fall to the ground and Emerson receives the weapon in his heart. At the critical moment the mother arrives, finds Emerson dead, and hurries with Victor back to her now broken home. In an impassioned interview with him. she shows him that he must not sever the tie between him and the girl he loves, and must permit his mother to stand trial for the killing of Emerson. The thought is at once spurned by Victor, when his mother compels compliance by producing a vial of poison and swearing to kill herself. On the following day she is arrested for the crime. During all of the trial the heart-wracked son cannot speak because of his mother's threat, and his one comfort is his fiancée, Frances, who, in spite of the commands of her parents, leaves her home and clings to mother and son during the fearful ordeal. All of the evidence, save alone that of Von Stader, who tells the story of her heroic past, is against her, and the verdict is guilty. Then it is that the son can no longer be silent, and immediately upon the pronouncement of the word "Guilty," he avers his own guilt, and his heart-broken mother falls to the floor and is carried to an adjoining room, where she passes away just as Victor is being led to prison. During the progress of the trial, the associates of the dead man Emerson discover that the business scheme of Nordoff is a fraud, and he and Von Stader are summoned before them. Nordoff refuses to make a single move toward reparation, but Von Stader. who learns for the first time of the perfidy of his associate, surrenders his entire fortune to preserve his hitherto unblemished reputation. On the day of Mrs. Dean's death, Von Stader purchases a pair of handcuffs, and going to Nordoff's room, binds and gags him so that he may not escape and goes to report his case to the police. As he passes down the stairs he discovers that the hotel has caught fire through the explosion of a boiler. His first impulse is to save Nordoff. but, believing that this is the retribution selected by Heaven, he proceeds to the street and coolly watches the hotel burn to the ground. In due time Victor is tried and summarily acquitted.
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Siren of Corsica
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MovieMar 10, 1915

Siren of Corsica

Carola de Lisle, a wealthy Corsican woman, with all the …
Carola de Lisle, a wealthy Corsican woman, with all the fierceness of her race, has been for two seasons the reigning sensation of Nice. Her recklessness at the gambling tables causes her to become known as "Belle Corsicaine." John Selden, a wealthy American, who is on a business trip to Europe arrives in company with a friend Philip Shaw. Carola tries hard to capture Selden with her wiles and although deeply in love with his wife at home he is not averse to a little flirtation with the beautiful Corsican. She makes him her guest in her apartments, and his name is many times mingled with hers when they are seen together in the automobile parades of the afternoons. But the American does not suspect that he has a bitter enemy, supposedly his friend in the person of Joseph Morse, once an unsuccessful suitor for the hand of his wife, and his escapades with the Corsican are treasured as being seeds for the sowing of discord on his return to America. On one occasion Morse makes a snap shot picture of Selden and Carola together, apparently in a spirit of jest but in reality to furnish evidence of at least constructive infidelity to the wife at home. On the arrival of Morse in America, he immediately excites the jealousy of Lenore Selden by telling her of her husband's escapades with Carola, and showing her the photograph with them together. Selden's young son Jack, a lad of 13 or 14 years of age, refuses to believe the stories to the discredit of his father and sends him a cablegram urging him to return home at once. Then it becomes necessary for Selden to inform Carola that he is a married man and their pleasant relations must come to an end. She writes him a note saying that rather than see him leave her for another woman she would kill both him and herself. On receiving no reply from him, she proceeds to his room to find that he has departed for America. She secures his address at the hotel office and follows him to New York, where they arrive on the same day in separate steamers. She proceeds at once to a hotel and Selden to his home. Here he is coldly received by his wife and on demanding a reason for it, learns of Morse's vile tales against him and telephones him to come to the house at once. Morse, never dreaming that his deceit has been discovered, replies that he will come. At the same time Carola has left her hotel and proceeded to the address secured in Nice. Before Morse's arrival at the Selden home, the husband endeavors to convince his wife of his fidelity, but without success. In a burst of affection he takes her in his arms and the scene is witnessed by the vengeful Corsican outside the window, pistol in hand. But before she can fire the shot, Morse is announced. Morse enters the room with Selden, and the latter shows him a paper to sign, in which he confesses that he has spread lying tales about him to influence his wife. This Morse refuses to sign, and before Selden can enforce compliance Carola shoots through the window and escapes not knowing that her bullet has reached Morse's heart instead of Selden's. The police are called and an examination made. The confession intended for Morse to sign and a pistol with one chamber empty, are held to be sufficient evidence of Selden's guilt. He is arrested, tried, found guilty of manslaughter in the first degree, and sentenced to ten years in the penitentiary. After appeals to the governor have failed, the stricken family endeavors to settle down and wait until the long years have waned away, and among the first duties assumed by the wife and son is the packing away of his wearing apparel. While folding a coat little Jack discovers in one of the pockets, the note written to Selden by Carola in Nice, and Lenore now believes that she is on the track of the true criminal. But the police refuse to busy themselves with the case, since there is no evidence that the woman has ever been in New York. Lenore, however, is not satisfied and visits her husband in the penitentiary. While not hopeful for the success of her plan to proceed to Nice and meeting Carola, he is only too glad to consent to any plan that may lighten his own burden of apparent guilt. Accordingly she proceeds with her son to Nice. She is armed with a requisition from the governor of her state, in case that the probable guilt of the suspected Corsican can be established. Proceeding to the Casino, she mingles at once with the people there, and meets Carola at one of the gambling tables. Carola wins heavily, and invites Lenore to supper. At the table, under the influence of wine, Carola acknowledges that she has been in New York, and left it again within three hours, the noise having almost driven her mad. When Carola passes along the corridor to her room she becomes conscious that she is being followed. She opens the door of her room, but before she can close it Lenore stands before her and accuses her of the murder of Morse. Carola under the sudden accusation convinces Lenore of her guilt. She proceeds to the push button on the wall for the purpose of calling the hotel people when in her terror Carola seizes her. A fierce struggle ensues between the two women and Lenore is being overpowered when Jack, hearing the noise in the room, calls the police, and the guilty woman is in the hands of the law to be taken back to America.
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In Her Mother's Footsteps
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MovieJan 28, 1915

In Her Mother's Footsteps

Raymond Longstreth, a …
Raymond Longstreth, a successful artist, has painted a Madonna, using his wife, Helen, as a subject. Raymond is jealous of Harold Winters, an art dealer, the former rival for Helen's hand. When an accident brings Helen and Harold together, and Raymond discovers them, he bursts forth in a tirade against his wife. His jealousy is further aroused when, after the exhibition of the finished picture, it is sold by the art gallery to Harold. Harold, however, has only bought the picture as an agent for Clayton Burroughs, a wealthy collector. Even the birth of a baby does not lessen the husband's jealousy, and when, soon after he finds Helen and Harold together, under absolutely innocent circumstances, he drives his wife from him. Then Raymond, tormented by doubts, resorts to drink. Years afterward, Helen, under the name of "Mrs. Raymond," is a housekeeper to Dr. Marriott, and her daughter, Naomi, is like a daughter to the doctor. Raymond has given up his art, and is a mere wanderer. Sterling Burroughs, the son of the art collector, is the cause of an automobile accident in which Naomi is injured. In his solicitude for her welfare after the accident, he soon finds himself in love with her, and she returns his affection. In the girl the elder Burroughs recognizes the face of his treasured picture, the Madonna. When fire destroys the picture, he has search instituted for the missing artist, hoping to have him paint a duplicate. Harold succeeds in finding Raymond, but the latter says that it would be impossible to paint another Madonna, since the original model was his lost wife. Burroughs promises to obtain a model, thinking of his son's fiancée. When Sterling Burroughs asks Naomi to sit for a painting by the artist, Raymond Longstreth, she is overcome by emotion, and discloses to him that she is really Naomi Longstreth, the artist's daughter. At first she refuses to pose, but then, struck by a sudden hope, she consents. At the sitting Raymond is dazed by the resemblance of the girl to his wife, but does not guess that she is his daughter. While he is deep in reverie, Naomi steals from the studio, and Helen, the wife, takes her place. When Raymond turns once more to his subject he is met by the forgiving Helen. Life begins anew for them and in the happiness of Naomi and Sterling,
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Baseball and Trouble
MovieJan 12, 1915

Baseball and Trouble

Jack Potts buys a ticket for the big ball game. On the morning of …
Jack Potts buys a ticket for the big ball game. On the morning of the game Wifie asks him for money to buy a new hat, but Jack, who intends to have a big time, tells her he has no money. He shows her the ticket, tells her he found it the night before, and induces her to telephone the boss that he is very ill. The boss is sorry for poor Jack, and telephones Mrs. Potts he is coming out to the house to see how her husband is. Jack is at the ball game, so Mrs. Potts pays a tramp a dollar, does him up in bandages and splints from head to foot, and explains to the boss when he arrives that Jack insisted on going to the office in spite of his illness, and was struck by an automobile on the way. When the boss sees the terrible condition of the supposed Jack he immediately tries to telephone his own physician to come with an ambulance and take Jack to the hospital, but the phone is out of order, and he decides to go out to the corner drug store and telephone. In the meantime Jack has "cleaned up" a bunch of money betting on the game, and tries to get Wifie on the phone, but, of course, is unsuccessful. He goes home, lets himself in quietly, and overhears the wife applying endearing terms to someone in the next room. He flies in a rage, but does not dare "butt in" on account of the boss. The boss goes to the drug store and Jack confronts his wife. Explanations follow, but the tramp threatens to expose the deception unless he gets more money, and keeps on demanding money every time he gets a chance. While they are arguing with the tramp the boss comes back and finds Jack. Mrs. Potts is first to recover her wits and tells the boss it is Jack's twin brother who has come in response to her telegram. Jack excuses himself, and goes out and makes some changes in the house numbers of a couple of other houses in the block to mislead the doctor, and succeeds in getting the doctor and the boss (who had gone out again to find out what was delaying the doctor) into the wrong houses, with the result that the doctor takes the boss to the hospital in the ambulance, thinking him mentally deranged.
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1914
The Bomb
MovieDec 16, 1914

The Bomb

When Count Ivan, a Russian nobleman, falls under the …
When Count Ivan, a Russian nobleman, falls under the displeasure of the government, Duke Boris is commanded by the Czar to deliver to the Count, a notice of the confiscation of his property and his banishment from Russia. The old Count is stunned by the blow. While he reads the Imperial order, Sonia, the Count's daughter, appears, and Boris is surprised to recognize in her a woman whom he has previously seen and admired. Sonia flames in anger at Boris, ordering him from the house. When she rushes to her father's side, she finds him dead, killed by the shock of his misfortune. She rises from her knees and swears to be revenged against the government, and Boris, as its agent. Fearing arrest herself, she secures her jewels and a bomb which her father had invented, and which was the cause of the imperial displeasure, and hides in the poorer parts of the city. Boris, seeking Sonia, finds that she has joined a society of anarchists and joins the society himself, in an effort to win her and rescue her from her dangerous associations. He rescues her from insult at the hands of Michael, one of the members, thus winning Sonia's love and Michael's enmity. Michael plots against Boris, or "Kamoroff," as he is known in his disguise. When Boris tries to persuade Sonia to give up the leadership of the society, which she has assumed, she accuses him of faint-heartedness in the cause, and sends him from her, and Boris, fearing to remain longer absent from court, sends word for his apartments to be made ready. The message falls into the hands of Peter, one of the anarchists, and unknown to Boris, they plan to place the bomb, invented by Count Ivan, in his rooms. Sonia is chosen to place the bomb. After Sonia has departed on her dangerous mission, Michael rushes in, crying that he has discovered "Kamoroff" to be the Duke Boris, whom they have sworn to kill. The anarchists all start in pursuit. In the meanwhile, Boris has discovered the loss of papers telling his identity and, in the midst of the realization of his danger, he hears the anarchists coming. He escapes by the window with Michael and the others in close pursuit. In the meanwhile, Sonia has reached Boris' apartments and has placed the bomb, stretching the trip-string across the floor. Boris succeeds in reaching his room. In the darkened apartment, Sonia conceals herself and when Boris enters, she springs upon him with a dagger. The anarchists start to batter down the door. Sonia and Boris, struggling, recognize each other in the moonlight. They draw apart in surprise and horror. Boris' foot strikes the string from the bomb and trips the mechanism. The door is yielding to the attack of the anarchists. Sonia, forgetting her revenge, throws herself into Boris' arms. She sees the smoking bomb and starts back in alarm at this new danger. At that moment the anarchists rush into the outer room. Sonia faints, and Boris, seizing the smoking bomb, hurls it at the on-coming "brotherhood." With a flash of flame and smoke it explodes. In the wrecked room, Boris recovers consciousness. The anarchists are piled in the doorway, killed by their bomb. In Boris' arms, Sonia opens her eyes, her thirst for revenge swallowed up in her great love.
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The Grip of the Past
MovieDec 3, 1914

The Grip of the Past

Jane and Belle are alone on their dead father's Southern …
Jane and Belle are alone on their dead father's Southern plantation. Jane is the elder of the orphaned sisters. They have been raised with Pedro, a Castillian Spaniard, who was brought to ...
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The Sorceress
MovieNov 4, 1914

The Sorceress

Leonard Rand, a rich art collector, his wife and child live in the …
Leonard Rand, a rich art collector, his wife and child live in the suburbs of London. Hester, the wife, has ceased to respect her husband and resents the associations forced upon her of what he is pleased to call Bohemia. One night she receives a blow that causes her to decide to take serious action. The child, Violet, is taken among the riotous guests of painted women and finally given a glass of wine to drink. A stormy interview takes place and the husband tells his wife that if she does not like the atmosphere she is at liberty to go, but he will retain the child. On several occasions Hester has been wont to consult a gypsy seeress, named Carlotta, one of a tribe encamped close by, and in her emergency she goes for advice. The gypsy tells her that the tribe are about to migrate to America and Hester proposes that Carlotta shall take the child with them stipulating that she shall be restored to the mother upon demand. The plan is carried out and the little Violet is taken to America. Hester refuses to disclose the whereabouts of the child to the distracted father and dies suddenly. Ten years elapse and Violet is brought up by Carlotta under the name of Perdita and a strong affection exists between the two. The Sorceress, as she is called, is eminently successful in America and acquires a fortune, but Frollo, her lover, insists that she shall still continue to live with the tribe. Perdita grows up to be a beautiful girl and Carlo, a fiery young member of the tribe, falls in love with her, but Carlotta is deeply opposed to a union, as she hopes some day she will restore Perdita to her own. One day Perdita while wandering through the woods encounters a hunting party led by Leonard Rand. He is attracted by the wild beauty of the girl and paints such pictures of the glittering existence in his world that the girl becomes inspired and leaves the tribe to go to the gorgeous home of Rand, whom she regards as an elderly man, unselfishly interested in a child, whom he wishes to endow with his wealth, but on finding the true character of Rand she decides to return to Carlotta, only to find herself a close prisoner in the home of the man she has learned to fear. The excitement causes brain fever and her mind becomes almost destroyed. Carlotta discovers Rand and to work her point proceeds to infatuate him. She is successful. With the aid of Frollo they obtain evidence of the fact that Perdita is Rand's lost daughter and Carlotta fulfills the pledge, made to the mother, that the girl would be restored to her own.
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The Bond of Womanhood
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MovieOct 14, 1914

The Bond of Womanhood

Nell Rogers, wife of a …
Nell Rogers, wife of a wealthy broker, leaves him because of his affairs with other women. She sets out one morning, leaving without Rogers' knowledge, as he lays in a drunken stupor. She intends to visit relatives in a nearby city, but her auto is wrecked and a limb is broken. She is found by Mary Jenks, a poorly-clad girl-wife of a rough fisherman. Mary with the aid of "Granny" Wilkes, carries Nell to Mary's shack. Mary has just been through a case parallel to that of Nell. Her husband is a brute and he has left in a rage to go to his drinking companions. During the weeks of illness that Mary nurses the "lady from the city," a bond of sympathy springs up between the two women. Nell, on the other hand, is grateful for the devotion bestowed upon her. As friendship ripens, the women exchange confidences. About this time a babe is born to Nell. One day Nell, from the cabin window, sees an auto containing her husband and some care-free women pass along the road and she realizes that her husband is unchanged. On the same day Mary's husband, Jenks calls at the cabin with his brutal threats directed toward Mary. Then there develops the bond of womanhood. Each wife, unknown to the other, resolves to seek the offending husband and cause a reconciliation. Mary secretly sets out on foot to see Rogers. She reaches the mansion exhausted. There she finds him in the midst of a lawn party given to his friends. Undaunted, she seeks Rogers in the midst of the merrymaking, and, in spite of the derisive laughter of the folk, she delivers her simple sermon. She describes Nell's mental and physical suffering so vehemently, and scores Rogers so unmercifully that he wilts under her volleys of indignation. Soon Mary has persuaded him to return to the forest hut and go back to Nell. In the meantime Nell has performed a similar mission by seeking out Jenks in a river hut. Although his drunken threats intimidate her at first she scores him so tellingly for his abuse of Mary that she conquers the brute in him and leaves him repentant. Humiliated, embarrassed and ashamed. Rogers sets out for the hut. Here he is reconciled with Nell over the cradle in which the tiny body of their infant rests. Nell pleads with the forest girl to return with them. Mary realizing her helplessness, is about to yield when Jenks appears in the doorway, ready to receive Mary's forgiveness. The city man and his wife leave with the baby. Jenks turns to Mary with the first show of tenderness he has ever exhibited and announces his intention to make amends.
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Marah, the Pythoness
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MovieOct 1, 1914

Marah, the Pythoness

Marah Deane is known as "The Pythoness" because a tame …
Marah Deane is known as "The Pythoness" because a tame python is her constant companion. She has many suitors, and finally chooses a rich man named John Sewell. Becoming ambitious to have a portrait painted, in which she shall appear fondling her serpent pet, Sewell writes to a friend of his, Jules Lestrange, a young artist, offering him the commission. Jules lives with his mother in comfortable quarters adjoining his studio, and living in his family is Marie Dalton, formerly his model, but now companion for his mother (Prudence) and also his promised wife. Sewell's letter brings great joy into the Lestrange family. Marah, the Pythoness, is deeply struck with this poetical young man and he at once becomes enraptured with her. The sittings for the picture are many, and these are often interrupted by communions with each other, until after a time, the artist neglects his mother and his fiancée, being seldom seen at home except to sleep. But his mother and fiancée have a firm friend in Dr. Rowell, a noted physician, who during the widowhood of Prudence, has come every day with a bouquet of flowers and an offer of marriage, only to be refused, because she is still true to the memory of her husband. The doctor has the entree to the house and entertainments given by the Pythoness Marah, and expresses the opinion that he can induce Jules to overcome his evident love for her, and awaken him to the fact that he has neglected those who are nearer and dearer to him. His efforts, however, are unsuccessful, and he is compelled to return to the artist's now unhappy home and report that the poor boy has really succumbed to the wiles of the temptress. The picture is finished and exhibited at a reception. The success of the artist seems to draw Marah closer to him, much to the rage and consternation of Sewell, who resolves to break the tie between them. A similar vow is made by the Doctor, who enlists in his services, one Jeanne Druce, a butterfly in Marah 's Bohemian circles, and she, taking Jules to a remote place in the reception room, tells him that he must cease all hope of ever winning Marah, since she will marry Jack Sewell and is only flirting. In an interview with Marah, Jules is told that it is only him she loves, and that she does not intend to marry Sewell. This interview is heard by the jealous Sewell, and while Marah is bidding her guests farewell for the night, he meets his artist rival in Marah's den, and draws his pistol to shoot him. Jules is unarmed and it is decided to flip a coin to see who will win the loaded pistol. Jules loses the toss, Sewell deliberately aims at him and fires. Marah comes into the room, and while horrified at the plight of her lover, decides that the episode must not become known. It being discovered that Jules is probably not fatally wounded, he is taken at dead of night to Sewell's yacht, and Sewell, Marah and a Doctor sail away with him to save his life. He lingers between life and death for several weeks, and in the meantime the mystery of his disappearance has caused his mother to fall desperately ill, and her life is despaired of. Many letters from Marie and Dr. Rowell have been written to Jules, but have been intercepted and destroyed. On recovery from his long siege of illness. Jules finds himself less in love with Marah, and full of remorse for his treatment of his family. One day while sunning himself on the deck of the yacht, he sees in the personal columns of a newspaper this notice: "Pythoness: Why are all letters to Artist unanswered? Tell him mother is dying." Suddenly the truth flashes upon him, and he insists upon going ashore, which he does, accompanied by Marah. who refuses to be left alone, her object being to thwart his plans. At the same time Doctor Rowell enlists the services of the police in trying to find Jules for the suffering mother has passed away, and Jules comes ashore on the day of her funeral. Marah succeeds in convincing the police that she knows nothing of the whereabouts of Jules, and sends for Sewell, who repulses her and leaves her with no companion but her oriental servants and her pet serpent. Jules arrives at home just as Dr. Rowell and Marie are returning from the funeral of his mother, and is crushed by the awful news. After a sleepless night, he rises early, goes to a drawer in his neglected studio and, taking from it his pistol, is about to kill himself, when Marie appears and convinces him that he has something to live for after all. On the same morning Marah's faithful servant Hassan goes to awaken her and finds her dead with the fatal folds of the Python about her neck.
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The Triumph of Right
MovieSep 24, 1914

The Triumph of Right

John Prescott by speculations with Stephen Jepson of the Bank …
John Prescott by speculations with Stephen Jepson of the Bank of Omaha, has brought the bank on the verge of bankruptcy. Ed Harrison, secretary to Prescott and engaged to his daughter, discovers the discrepancies and calls attentions to them. Harrison and Natalie get married when it is discovered that he is deeply in debt on account of gambling. The bank examiners are about to visit the bank, and Jepson takes the money left in the bank, goes west and starts a department store. Prescott goes home and is met by his daughter and son-in-law, who ask him to pay the gambler's debts. A quarrel ensues and the struggle is interrupted by Natalie who separates them and takes Ed to his room. After Prescott has retired Natalie asks tor a book, and Ed goes to the library for it. At the same time a burglar is seen entering Prescott's bedroom. Ed, in the library, is startled by a shot and getting to Prescott's room, finds the banker dead on the floor, but does not see the burglar escaping. Natalie enters as Ed is kneeling on the floor with the pistol in his hand, and remembering the recent quarrel between him and her father, believes that he committed the murder. Ed is accused of the crime, tried and is sentenced for life. On the way to prison he escapes, jumps from a trestle into a river, and is reported dead. Three years elapse. Ed secures a position as bookkeeper in Jepson's store, and Natalie, wishing to clear his name and that of her father, seeks employment as a detective. Her application is considered favorable. Jepson, discovering that his store is bankrupt, resolves to go to Omaha, secure more insurance, and sets fire to it. At the same time the insurance company reports to the detective department that there have been several incendiary fires which they desire to trace and request the sending of some detective, a woman preferred. The detail is given to Natalie, and she is sent for a conference with the insurance company. While there Jepson makes application for another policy, and advised by Natalie, who recognizes him, He receives it and hurries back, followed by Natalie. On the day of her arrival the store is fired, and Ed, whose existence she has not heard of for three years, is asphyxiated, but rescued by firemen. Natalie takes her husband to a hospital, secures the services of an officer and sets out to arrest Jepson. They enter his house on the pretense of being insurance adjusters, but an inadvertent question from Natalie warns him of danger and he rushes out of the house locking the door behind him. Natalie and the officer jump from a window in pursuit, and finally come upon him in their automobile, only to find that Jepson's car has overturned and killed him. Before passing away he confesses his guilt to Natalie, who telegraphs her success to the chief. Returning to the hospital she finds her husband out of danger, and while telling him of her adventures a message comes from an adjoining room asking tor an interview with Natalie. Going to the room, she finds a dying stranger, who confesses to the murder of her father and thereby clears her husband's name.
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As We Forgive Those
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MovieSep 9, 1914

As We Forgive Those

Mary, wife of John Graham, a machinist, is constantly …
Mary, wife of John Graham, a machinist, is constantly complaining of John's failure to support her properly, and John seeks refuge from her tirades in the companionship of the corner saloon. Joe Blake, fellow worker, feels the attraction of Mary's beauty, but in his friendship for John does everything in his power to prevent a break. Dallas, a foreman of the shops, falls in love with Mary and when he receives an offer of a position in another city, he persuades Mary to go with him. Joe learns of the plan and, taking John to his own rooms, he leaves him sleeping and hurries back to prevent the elopement. He is too late, but on the floor he finds a telegram giving the name of the city to which Dallas is going. Hoping to induce Mary to return he follows. Mary and Dallas have taken Laura, John's little daughter, with them. When John wakes from his sleep, he misses Joe and returns to his own house. There he finds evidence of a hurried departure and discovers a pipe which Joe has left. He immediately jumps at the conclusion that Joe has gone away with Mary, and in his half-drunken condition, he starts out to find them. Having no clue, he takes the wrong direction. Joe overtakes Dallas and Mary, just as they are starting to drive to the new plant from a country station. He tries to persuade Mary to return. He takes the little girl from the carriage and that instant Dallas applies the whip to the horse. The animal dashes away, Dallas loses control and both Dallas and Mary are killed. Joe returns home with Laura, and finding John gone, he leaves the little girl at a neighbor's house. Ten years later, Joe is foreman of the Forrest works, in another city. John is a wanderer over the earth, still harboring a desire for revenge against Joe. Laura, now sixteen years old, is living with Joe. At the Forrest Works. Joe is worried over lack of efficiency among the hands. Laura, noting the prevalence of drunkenness in the men, suggests that if Joe can influence them against drinking, he will have better success. Joe institutes a series of meetings at which he talks to his men. John, the wanderer, always seeking Joe, comes to the Forrest Works. Worn out, he takes a room in a lodging house next to the hall. From the window across an alley, he recognizes Joe. This is his chance for revenge in the hall Joe raises his hand in prayer: "Our Father, who art in heaven." John draws a revolver. He aims it across the narrow space, "As we forgive those who trespass against us." John hears. The words strike home. John slips slowly to the floor. The revolver falls from the sill. Joe hears the report as the hammer strikes the floor. He and Laura hurry to the room of the lodger. There the girl looks into the slowly closing eyes of her dying father.
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The Changeling
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MovieJun 10, 1914

The Changeling

When old Dr. Rogers is called to a distant city on a special case …
When old Dr. Rogers is called to a distant city on a special case and summons young Dr. Delmore to attend one of his patients, the wealthy Mrs. Saunders. Delmore hopes it will prove the beginning of better times for him; that he can gradually build up a practice among the people who can afford to pay large fees and abandon his ill-paying visits to poor patients. Then, too, he can marry Miss Price, the pretty trained nurse with whom he is in love. The wealthy Mrs. Saunders, whose husband is hastening home from a European trip, is about to become a mother. Delmore makes all arrangements for the event and Miss Price is engaged as nurse. Mrs. Saunders receives a cablegram from her husband saying he had missed the steamer and that his return will be delayed a week. When Mrs. Saunders' baby is born, Delmore is concerned to discover the infant is lacking in vitality but keeps this information from the mother, fearing that worry may interfere with her recovery. The same day, Delmore is called to the bedside of Mrs. Brown, a poor woman, who also gave birth to a son. The woman dies while her husband, whom Delmore has sent to a charitable society with a request for a nurse, is away. Delmore phones Miss Price and learns that the Saunders baby has died during his absence, but that its mother is as yet unaware of its death. Seeing his opportunity for rich patronage killed at the start, Delmore is crushed, but there comes to him the thought that by changing babies he can do a good thing for all concerned. So the substitution is made. The dead son of Mrs. Saunders is buried with the poor woman while the lusty infant of the dead woman is smuggled into the Saunders' home where Mrs. Saunders holds it fondly to her breast in blissful ignorance that it is not her own. Delmore's scheme, however, does not prove to be the blessing he anticipated, for it develops that Brown, the father of the changeling, is a hopeless maniac, afflicted with the kind of insanity that nearly always proves hereditary. Delmore discovers this after Mr. Saunders' return and fears to confess the substitution. No one knows but Miss Price, and even she is ignorant of the fact that the changeling's father is a maniac. Delmore proposes, marries Miss Price and they have a daughter. May. The Saunders rear their supposed son, Edwin, in luxury. May and Edwin meet at a co-ed college and fall in love. Delmore is horrified in discovering that the boy his daughter wishes to marry is "the changeling" and, unable to give a good reason for his objection to Edwin, can only sullenly refuse to sanction the match. His practiced eye detects in the young man unmistakable symptoms of his heritage. May and Edwin elope and Dr. Delmore's sin comes home to him at last. Unable to bear the thought of his girl in the arms of a tainted man, Delmore resolves to separate them at any cost. So that night he takes Edwin on an automobile ride. The auto is struck by an express train. Only two persons ever knew how the accident happened, Dr. Delmore and the "changeling" and their lips are sealed in death.
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The Daughters of Men
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MovieApr 13, 1914

The Daughters of Men

The Daughters of Men released.
The Lion and the Mouse
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MovieJan 1, 1914

The Lion and the Mouse

John Burkett Ryder is a …
John Burkett Ryder is a master of finance with a boundless desire for wealth. No mean avarice, but a love of the power to be gained through riches, a domineering will and an unscrupulous soul. Previous to the opening of the story Ryder has compassed the financial ruin and professional disgrace of Judge Rossmore, of the Supreme Court, to avenge himself for certain adverse decisions which the judge has rendered against the corporation. Shirley Rossmore, the judge's daughter, and young Jefferson Ryder returning from Europe on the same boat, have met and register a pretty story interest in each other, being at the time entirely ignorant of the friction now existing between their respected fathers. Shirley has written a novel, and from Jefferson's description of his father has made the star character of the story a fair prototype of the master of finance. Ryder, without consulting his son's wishes, has already announced an engagement between Jefferson and the daughter of Senator Roberts. Shirley Rossmore's book which is written under the pseudonym of Sarah Green gets into Ryder's house and makes such an impression that the great financier employs a detective to find the author. Sarah Green is found and Ryder employs her to compile his biography, not dreaming that she is the daughter of the judge he has ruined. Now comes the battle between the Lion and the Mouse. The Mouse wins the Lion's admiration by the outspoken audacity of her opinion of his life and moral code. Kate Roberts, whom Ryder had selected to be his son's fiancée, elopes with his aristocratic private secretary, "Fourth groom of the bed chamber to the second Prince of England." Ryder, to pacify his son and to offset his attachment for Shirley Rossmore, suggests that he marry Sarah Green, "who has proved herself far more brilliant than the judge's girl." It is then Shirley's turn; she declares her identity and admits that she has secured certain letters from Ryder's desk that will prove her father's innocence. Ryder orders her from the house, then he sits up all night, consumes innumerable black cigars and finally conquers his own vanity. Next day Jefferson Ryder proposes, but Shirley declares that she will never marry a man that has such a father. With bitter words, Jefferson denounces his father; he tells him that the girl he loves objects to the family. But John Burkett Ryder eats a big slice of humble pie; he announces that he will prevent the impeachment of Judge Rossmore and implores Shirley to accept his son. The Mouse has conquered the Lion.
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Joseph W. Smiley
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Joseph W. Smiley

Joseph W. Smiley was born on June 18, 1870 in Boston, …
Joseph W. Smiley was born on June 18, 1870 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He was an actor and director, known for The Gray Horror (1915), The Other Sister (1915) and The Living Fear (1914), as well as many other films. He was married to the Scottish actress Lila Leslie. He died on December 2, 1945, in New York City, New York, USA.
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1913
The Third Degree
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MovieDec 29, 1913

The Third Degree

Howard Jefferies, Jr., and Robert Underwood are warm college …
Howard Jefferies, Jr., and Robert Underwood are warm college chums, the latter, a boy of moderate circumstances has a penchant for art and devotes most of his spare time to the canvas, but Howard having a rich father is indifferent to the future and indulges in drink and other excesses. One night in a restaurant, a pretty waitress seeing that he is intoxicated, refuses to wait upon him; he insults her and is requested to leave. Next day he goes back to apologize and the two become friends and eventually get married. Howard's father, who for some years had been a widower, marries again, the lady being an old friend and patron of Bob Underwood. Eventually the two boys leave college; the young artist establishes a studio and quotes Mrs. Jefferies Sr.'s name as a patron to induce an advantage. The lady, however, withdraws her patronage and Underwood finds himself broke. On Howard informing his father of his marriage to a pretty waitress, the father turns him adrift and cuts off all allowance. Both Howard and Annie seek work, but find nothing but discouragement. Underwood not being able to borrow any more money from Howard, makes a last desperate appeal to the elder Mrs. Jefferies, informing her that he contemplates suicide. One night Howard much intoxicated enters Underwood's studio and lying down on the sofa falls asleep. Bob finds him and places a screen around the couch. Shortly after Mrs. Jefferies Sr. enters. Not seeing Howard, she has an interview with Underwood and refuses him any monetary assistance or further influence and leaves, declaring their association at an end. Robert then enters his sleeping room and placing a revolver at his head, fires. His bell boy raises an alarm, the police arrive and find young Howard leaning over the dead man's body. He is placed under arrest and on the spot Captain Clinton in the presence of others, puts him through the third degree. The terrible ordeal lasts for hours until the boy hypnotized and overcome with fright and need of rest, confesses that he had killed his friend. Howard is thrown into jail and his father unrelenting not only refuses aid, but instructs his own lawyer that the boy is a murderer and he must suffer, also that if the eminent attorney takes the case, that he must not look for any more of the Jefferies' patronage. Aside from the false confession wrung from the boy, the only clue to the mystery is the fact that a woman visited the studio on the night of the tragedy. Howard's young wife after much endeavor induces Mr. Brewster, the corporation lawyer, to take the case in defiance of Jefferies' orders. At the trial Mr. Brewster introduces Dr. Bernstein, an expert on hypnotism, who rigorously confounded the police captain who had extorted the false confession. Both Mrs. Howard Jefferies, Sr., and Mrs. Howard, Jr., were at the trial and under the terrible pressure of the scene Mrs. Jefferies, Sr., produced the letter that Underwood had written to her, threatening suicide. The letter was simply addressed to Mrs. Howard Jefferies and to save the elder lady's good name, Annie, the young wife of Howard, claimed that the letter was sent to her and that it was she who visited the studio on the eventful night. The case was dismissed and Attorney Brewster, by his good offices, brought Howard's father to the young folks' humble lodging and effected a reconciliation and happiness for all.
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1890
Lila Leslie
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Lila Leslie

Lila Leslie was born.
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