A wealthy young Southern aristocrat, Joseph, graduates from a seminary and, before he takes charge of his assigned parish, decides to go out and see what "the real world" is all about. He ... See full summary »
In Hungary, a prosperous and happy family of farmers take in a Gypsy girl, Nubi, when she runs away from her "cruel" master. Her fickle and seductive nature soon causes discord among the ... See full summary »
Ben Wilson, a simple country boy, tries to make a go of it in the big city. He manages with difficulty until chance offers up a job singing in a cafe. His rendition of the song 'Sweet ... See full summary »
The Weaver family buys some farmland in California, but the headmaster of a nearby boys school doesn't want them as neighbors, and before long the boys at the school are causing trouble for the Weavers.
Richard Barthelmess stars as a wealthy, would-be composer who just can't write any important music. After studying in Italy for a year, he decides he just doesn't have it. An argument with his father causes him to give up his "allowance" and write cheap songs that become the rage of Paris. But he doesn't want to write popular songs, so he gives up writing and descends into poverty in an attempt to find his muse. After tangling with a thug (Walter Long) and killing him, he ships out with the guy's papers.
A quick cut (missing footage?) shows Barthelmess washed up on an island after he has jumped ship. Here he meets and falls for Teita (Bessie Love) who is half English and has a piano. He starts churning out music, but it's only after Love has a scare with leprosy that he realizes he would have stayed and married her no matter what the disease was. He has found his soul-fire.
Interesting storyline has Barthelmess' parents called "stupidly rich," an interesting phrase. The happy ending also belies his actions. Apparently no sacrifice is too great if one is searching for inspiration.
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