Living in a tenement on the squalid East Side of New York, the eldest son of a poor family, Biff Durgan ( John T. Dillon ) leads a gang of hoodlums, among whose members is his brother Porky ( Henry B. Walthall ). Their sister Jess ( Alice Horine ) is a consumptive whose health was ruined in a sweatshop. During a ruckus in a mission run by reformer Henry Davis, the Dugan gang encounters Billy Drew ( R. Riley ) and his sister Cora ( Consuelo Bailey ), newcomers to the city. Porky saves Cora from the unwelcome attentions of Biff's rival, Spike Golden ( Ralph Lewis ), and the two fall in love. Later, when Spike is killed in a gang war, Biff is wrongfully convicted of the murder and executed in the electric chair. Porky, who served a short term in prison for his part in the crime, comes back to the city to find that Jess has died and Cora has returned to the country. When his gang delivers the man who betrayed Biff, Porky, whose heart has been softened by Cora and Billy, lets the man go. Finally, Porky retires to the country to lead the quiet life of a farmer with Cora as his wife.
This 1914 crime/drama was directed by James Kirkwood for the Reliance Motion Picture Corporation. The scenario was written by a teenage Anita Loos and supervised by D.W. Griffith. Jack Pickford had a small role as Spot-the Spy.
Tragically, this important early crime silent is still listed as unknown, suggesting it may still remain a lost silent.
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