Helen MacDermott, daughter of the Factor at Bear Lake, has been carefully and religiously brought up by her widowed father. Bob Brandt, a dashing young gambler and adventurer, stops at Bear... See full summary »

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Helen MacDermott, daughter of the Factor at Bear Lake, has been carefully and religiously brought up by her widowed father. Bob Brandt, a dashing young gambler and adventurer, stops at Bear Lake in his wanderings, and having occasion to visit the post to buy supplies, he becomes acquainted with Helen. She quickly surrenders to his charms and he, taking advantage of her innocence, persuades her to elope with him in the face of her father's opposition. Six months later, happily married to her, (as she thinks) good and honest young husband, Helen is rudely awakened by a delegation of the Vigilant Committee, who roughly give her husband orders to move his operations to some other locality. Helen then learns that her hero is nothing more nor less than a gambler and swindler. Having a deep loathing for divorce, and too proud to return to her father, Helen continues as Bob's wife. A month later after the Vigilante episode, while wandering about the country, Bob accidentally shoots himself in... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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28 January 1915 (USA)  »

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The Measure of a Man (1915) -- Lost Silent
25 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Helen MacDermott ( Pauline Bush ) has been brought up in a strict religious environment by her widowed father until she meets Bob Brandt ( William C. Dowlan ), a dashing adventurer who sweeps her off her feet. She elopes with him over her father's objections, and all is well until six months later when the local Vigilant Committee denounces Brandt as a gambler and swindler, and orders him to leave town. Helen is too proud to return to her father, and loathes divorce, so she reluctantly leaves with him. A month later, Bob accidentally shoots himself in the shoulder; he is discovered by Jim Stuart ( Lon Chaney ), a lieutenant in the Northwest Mounted Police, who nurses the injured man back to health. Jim soon develops a warm friendship with Bob and Helen, and he secures a place for Bob in the mounties. Jim falls in love with Helen, but because of his friendship with Bob, he goes away without saying goodbye. Bob finds a diary that Helen has been keeping and reads that she is secretly in love with Jim. Realizing that Jim is a better man for his wife, Bob finds Jim and brings him back to be with Helen. When Helen realizes the great sacrifice Bob has made, she realizes that he is, after all, the man she truly loves, and chases after him, just in time to save him from an Indian murderer.

"The story has numerous tense moments and is well photographed throughout."-- Moving Picture World

This 1915 silent drama sadly remains a lost silent film.


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