Character actor Michael Shannon has been nominated for his second Oscar for his role in the 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals. "No Small Parts" takes a look at some of the other characters he's played in the past.
When railroad executive Richard Craig ( Lewis Stone ) marries Kate ( Gladys Hanson ), his stenographer, he insists that his young associate, Paul Hessert ( Bryant Washburn ), whom he would like to see settle down to a less hectic lifestyle, move in with them. Soon, however, Richard starts spending all of his time at the office, and Kate and Paul fall in love. When Richard finds out, he agrees to a divorce, but then, even after Kate and Paul have gotten married, he tries hard to break up their relationship. At the office, he virtually invites Paul to steal company funds. When Paul finally does, Richard forces him to confess to Kate, and then, instead of having him arrested, he makes him leave town. Afterward, a remorseful Kate goes back to work for Richard as his stenographer.
This 1916 silent drama was produced by the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company, starring Gladys Hanson, Bryant Washburn and Lewis Stone. My search for this film finds it listed as unknown, sadly suggesting it may now be a lost silent. Hopefully a copy survives and resurfaces for public viewing.
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