Abe Case, postmaster in a small western town, and Jack Plympton are rivals for the hand of Helen Mowbry. She readily consents to become the wife of Jack. This arouses the hatred of Case ... See full summary »

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Abe Case, postmaster in a small western town, and Jack Plympton are rivals for the hand of Helen Mowbry. She readily consents to become the wife of Jack. This arouses the hatred of Case against the lucky man. He awaits his chance to get square with him, and it comes when Jack is called east. During his absence, she is awaiting to hear from him, which she would have done had not Abe taken Jack's letters. Abe begins to press his suit and urges Helen to marry him, assuring her that Jack has proven false to her. Helen marries him and shortly after their honeymoon. Martini, an Italian miner whom Abe had staked and gone into partnership with, strikes it rich and loses no time in telling his partner of their lucky strike. Case swindles the poor Italian out of his share and decamps from the town. Helen and her husband go east, where they live in style and luxury. One night at a reception she meets Jack, her old sweetheart. He is surprised to find her married to the ex-postmaster, finds out ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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One of the important incidents outrages human nature
13 April 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This picture has all the elements of success except a story that can appeal to human sympathies. There are human scenes in it, but one of the important incidents outrages human nature. The film is artistically conducted and constructed, well-acted and very beautifully photographed. The plot is very well handled. The true lover, Plympton, is called to the East from the Western town. Case, the postmaster of the town, to deceive the heroine, Helen, destroys Plympton's letters and then marries her. A counter plot is then introduced and we see the villain postmaster defrauding an Italian. This character's desire for vengeance furnishes the picture's Nemesis. The Cases then come to the East on their honeymoon and Helen meets Plympton at a reception. The way this meeting is conducted is unnecessarily awkward. This is the only incident in the story of which this can be said. Helen explains the situation to Plympton and invites him to come the next day to her house, where the two are discovered by Case. Plympton accuses Case of treachery. To avoid a scandal (this is the way the leader puts it, though why a scandal was necessary is not shown), Plympton proposes to toss a coin to see who shall own Helen, the loser to kill himself at midnight, and it is he who loses in the toss. Perhaps the scenario writer wanted to show Plympton as generously doing a brave thing, putting his life in peril for Helen's sake. There was a chance that he would win, and that would solve the difficulty. If he lost, however, Helen would lose a friend who could help her in many honorable ways, and it would leave her in a very sorry predicament, married to a liar and a villain. The incident shows Helen to the spectators as a mere chattel, for she consents to put her affection on the toss of a coin, to take the hero or the villain as a coin shall decree, and she, doing this, makes a pitiable figure. However, this furnishes a forceful climax for after Plympton has departed to prepare for suicide, the wronged Italian, whom we have seen following Case for vengeance, stabs him. It is just before midnight and Helen finds the body. Her first thought is to save Plympton and her efforts to accomplish this leave her open to suspicion as a murderess. She is saved by the evidence of a thumb print expert. The closing scenes are very effective. - The Moving Picture World, September 23, 1911


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