Old Tom Wells is a victim of drink and is unable to pay the rent when Steve, the young landlord, appears on the scene. Steve's stormy interview is broken by the appearance of Alice, Tom's ... See full summary »

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Martin Scott - a Young Farmer
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Alice Wells
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Steve Heath - the Landlord
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Pearl Clay - the Girl who Waited
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Tom Wells - Alice's Father, a Ne'er-do-well (as George Middleton)
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Old Tom Wells is a victim of drink and is unable to pay the rent when Steve, the young landlord, appears on the scene. Steve's stormy interview is broken by the appearance of Alice, Tom's daughter, whom the landlord has made many unsuccessful efforts to court. Alice, who has given her promise to Martin, an industrious young farmer, entreats with her father to overcome his weakness. Wells, knowing he will he dispossessed, becomes desperate and starts for the village to secure money. He is tempted to steal Steve's horse, but is discovered by the landlord, who declares that he will have the old man imprisoned if he does not force Alice to consent to the marriage. The unhappy father therefore refuses to permit Martin to visit Alice to whom he explains that he is in the power of the landlord. Alice sacrifices her happiness and marries Steve. Wells makes his home with the young couple but finds that he is in the way. Steve is harsh and oftentimes cruel and the old man is finally obliged to ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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4 December 1912 (USA)  »

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Rather conventional both in outline and in spirit
9 April 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A farm country melodrama, rather conventional both in outline and in spirit, but in part well acted. It holds attention closely and gives well sustained dramatic suspense, because it is well constructed. A shiftless farmer steals from his landlord and is found out. The daughter has to marry this man to save her father from being sent to prison. After the wedding her sweetheart, in despair, leaves for the city, where he prospers and, later, is able to rescue the poor abused wife, whose husband is accidentally but conveniently killed. The most interesting figure is the shiftless old father, played by George Middleton, Alice Joyce is the daughter; Stewart Holmes, the landlord; Tom Moore, the sweetheart, and Hazel Mason, the girl of the village who is left waiting at the depot by the landlord's death. - The Moving Picture World, December 21, 1912


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