Love, Luck and Gasoline (1910)
Romance | Short
A young man and girl; the girl has a father. The young man, "Bob" by name, is in love with the girl, and her father objects to him as a suitor and very much favors another man as a future son-in-law, whom we designate as the villain. The scenes surrounding this state of affairs are at the seashore and a beautiful harbor containing motor boats and yachts that arc incidentally and dramatically part of the play. "Bob" is elected Commodore of the local yacht club, defeating the villain as a candidate for the same office. The villain, who wants the girl, never fails to show his dislike for "Bob," and, furthermore, he is naturally disagreeable, as shown in his refusal to subscribe to the building fund of the local church, entirely snubbing the Rev. Jones, who is the pastor, soliciting donations for the good work among the members of the club, all of whom, and even the skipper of the "Vita," a small speed motor boat, contribute to the purpose and at the same time take considerable pleasure in satisfying Mr. Jones' curiosity in the workings of his craft. The villain becomes impatient and sore at the aversion "Mollie" displays to his attentions and proposals to her; she refuses him. He tells her father. The old gentleman is very angry, and, to separate her from "Bob," threatens to send her abroad. "Mollie" sends word to "Bob" of her father's decision and suggests that they be married at once. "Bob" gets his motor boat, "Esmeralda," ready, meets "Mollie," and they make for Newport, where they will be married. The villain sees them going and informs "Mollie's" father, who follows, but they are too late to reach her; she and "Bob" are well on their way and far out to sea. The villain and the father jump aboard the "Ethel," and they follow the lovers. The "Esmeralda's" machinery goes wrong and the "Ethel" is fast gaining on them. "Bob" rushes to the wireless with which the "Esmeralda" is equipped and tells the operator to wire Rev. Jones to hire the "Vita," instruct the skipper to catch the "Esmeralda" before the "Ethel" reaches them and marry him and "Mollie" at once. The preacher runs to the dock, tells the skipper, and they get in the little speed boat and are off like a flash, cutting the waves like a knife, throwing the spray in showers of foam. Reaching the "Esmeralda"' in less time than it takes to tell it. "Mollie" and "Bob" are taken into the "Vita" and the race is resumed. Rev. Jones performs the ceremony while the boat is ploughing and skimming through the water, and the two lovers are married; the father is defeated and the villain vanquished.