John Blackstone, the successful financier, recognizes no will but his own. The committees of the various companies he controls are directors in name only, as Blackstone's voice is a ... See full summary »

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Portia - the New Stenographer
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John Blackstone, the successful financier, recognizes no will but his own. The committees of the various companies he controls are directors in name only, as Blackstone's voice is a dominant force. His household consists only of himself, his son, whom he treats as a child, and a host of frightened servants and a stenographer, who is mortally afraid of his testy temper and violent imperiousness. In one of his tantrums one day a serious mistake costs her her position, and although his son, touched by the elderly woman's tears, pleads for her, her dismissal is abrupt and certain. Blackstone telephones to the agency for another stenographer, and the lady in charge, knowing the difficulties that would confront the new applicant, decides that there is but one girl on her list who could cope with the situation, Portia Wood. When Portia first meets Blackstone, he looks upon her as another victim of his domination. He hurls the most rapid dictation at her in the first test of speed, and is ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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6 May 1913 (USA)  »

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