John Meade, the retiring governor, is an honest, fearless reformer. He sees that his friend Waring is elected as his successor. Waring is not a strong character and his new office goes to ... See full summary »

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Margaret Ward
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John Meade - the Retiring Governor
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John Meade, the retiring governor, is an honest, fearless reformer. He sees that his friend Waring is elected as his successor. Waring is not a strong character and his new office goes to his head. Nolan and Deems, party bosses of the worst type, recognize the new governor's weakness and play on it with flattery. Nolan introduces into Waring's service, as stenographer, Margaret Ward, a girl who is under obligations to Nolan, because he has befriended her family. Charles Waring, who becomes his father's secretary, is suspicious of the two bosses and suspects the new stenographer. Nolan and Deems father a certain traction bill in the legislature. It is a bad bill and it means a great deal to them financially. It is passed and sent to the governor for signature. At this juncture a telegram is received from Meade urging the governor not to sign the bill until he, Meade, can come with evidence that the bill is a steal. Margaret hears Waring announce that he will veto the bill and ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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17 September 1912 (USA)  »

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So unconvincing that it fails of becoming a true part of any story
11 February 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Bannister Merwin has done much stronger work in other pictures than in this, which is weak dramatically and very unconvincing, despite the fact that it is naturally acted. We can't be persuaded that the governor of any state, entrusted with the high office by the people, could possibly be weak in just this way. He is shown as a ninny and we can't help feeling that he was only made so to give a situation. Again, the withholding of the evidence of wrongdoing until the climax was ready is in this picture so unconvincing that it fails of becoming a true part of any story. Mary Fuller plays a hard part very well indeed, as do Charles Ogle and Willis Secord, who take the roles of two scamps. Walter Edwin had a most ungrateful part as the weak-kneed governor who has, by way of foil, a melodramatically strong son (Augustus Phillips). George Lessey plays the retiring governor. - The Moving Picture World, October 5, 1912


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