A man loses his business and his fiancée, and drifts into the saloons. There he meets a similarly-downtrodden young woman. She works behind the scenes to help him recover his life, and eventually he realizes how steadfast she is.



(as M.B. Havey)


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Credited cast:
The Clerk
Lily Cahill ...
The Fiancée
The Employer
Dorothy Bernard ...
The Woman
The Woman's Sweetheart
Adolph Lestina ...
The Bank Manager / In Tavern
Grace Henderson ...
The Fiancée's Mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christy Cabanne ...
At Fiancée's House / In Tavern (as W. Christy Cabanne)
Edward Dillon ...
In Tavern
Frank Evans ...
In Tavern
Joseph Graybill ...
At Fiancée's House
At Fiancée's House / In Tavern
Dell Henderson ...
In Tavern
Harry Hyde ...
In Tavern
J. Jiquel Lanoe ...
A Bank Employee / In Tavern


A man's a failure through his own fault, for he who is bound not to give up is sure of success. The hero of this Biograph story gives way under the pressure of bad fortune, instead of fighting against it. His sweetheart, disappointed in him, turns him aside. Down the hill he goes until he is finally a singer in a low dance hall. Here he meets a young woman, who, through the want of strength of willpower, has gone about the same downward road as he. She, however, realizes that it is impossible for her to turn back; 'tis the way of the world, but for him, but for him, yes. He gets a chance if he will marry and settle down on a farm, and while he is willing he hasn't even the money to get him the place. The girl, unknown to him, helps him to take advantage of the offer. He goes to seek his former sweetheart, only to find himself forgotten, so he reasons that as it was the dance hall girl's persuasion that influenced him to brace up. He, of course, still ignorant of the extent of her aid;... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Romance





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7 December 1911 (USA)  »

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This picture has the sane view
4 June 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Two failures do not always make a success, especially where the two are man and woman, but they most convincingly did make a success in this picture. This age is looking at failure differently from the last; it has a far more human and honest way of regarding it. This picture has the sane view and, in so far as its object goes, is highly commendable. But, after the situation has been stated, it becomes obscure for a few scenes. It seemed unnecessarily timid in stating the lesson for the hero and heroine's being found at the dance hall. The man seemed to be making what he could by singing there; she seemed to be there with other street girls. He had been a failure, losing job after job, until his sweetheart gave him up. She, it seems, had been deceived by a man and abandoned. The player who pictured the scene, creditable from every point of view, did remarkably well. The failures meet at the dance hall. A human heart leads the girl to encourage the man; but he is always failing. He gets a chance to break away from the city and make good on a farm, but has no carfare. She pawns her rings for him. He won't accept the money from the street girl. By a rule, she manages to make him take the money. At first it seems as though he were about to go away toward the light and leave her there in darkness; but the ending is very good. - The Moving Picture World, December 23, 1911

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