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The Blood Red Tape of Charity (1913)

An injured telegraph lineman, the father of a large family, finds it difficult to make ends meet. A gentleman thief attempts to aid the family by desperate means.

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An injured telegraph lineman, the father of a large family, finds it difficult to make ends meet. A gentleman thief attempts to aid the family by desperate means.

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The Blood Red Tape of Charity (1913) -- Lost Film
24 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

William Weldon is a lineman who is injured when he falls from a telegraph pole. His large family has no one to support them so they appeal to various charitable organizations, but their requests for aid become bogged down in red tape. Marx ( Edwin August ), a gentleman thief who lives in the same building, meets Weldon's daughter Alice and takes an interest in her. He holds up a doctor and forces him to take care of Weldon. Marx then attends a big charity ball and steals all the money raised in order to help the Weldons. After the family has recovered, the charitable organizations send a few dollars and a skimpy supply of food. Marx decides to reform and surrenders to the police. While sitting in his cell, a vision of Alice comes to him and he is repaid for his sacrifice and charity.

According to an interview with Dorothy Donnell, Edwin August wrote The Blood Red Tape of Charity with an intent on showing the evils of organized charity. August would also direct the production. Within months of completing this production, August would leave Universal. The film's cast and credits were unbilled and very few details emerged, but the film has been claimed to have featured Lon Chaney, ( cast as a pawnbroker ) by two scholars.

Sadly this 1913 short silent drama, produced by Universal/Powers is a lost film.


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