In honor bound, Stephen Fiske, Jr., son of a supposed millionaire, tells Doris Myhtle, his fiancée, that the death of his father has revealed that he has died penniless and left him a poor ... See full summary »

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Stephen Fiske Jr.
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Doris Myhtle
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In honor bound, Stephen Fiske, Jr., son of a supposed millionaire, tells Doris Myhtle, his fiancée, that the death of his father has revealed that he has died penniless and left him a poor man. She is so disappointed she returns her engagement ring to him, which he throws into the fire. He is obliged to go to work as an ordinary laborer. She tells her Aunt Patience, with whom she lives, and the old lady confides the romance of her life to her. She was engaged to Stephen's father. She rejected him and it was the regret of her life, and almost broke her heart when he married another woman. One evening, Aunt Patience, after a day's shopping, entering her home, slips, injuring herself, and Stephen, returning from his day's work, finds her on the area step, and carries her into the house. He calls a doctor, who pronounces her injuries fatal. The old lady recognizes Stephen, of whom she is very fond, and who closely resembles his father. She expresses a hope that he and Doris will be wedded... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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13 July 1912 (USA)  »

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Escaping a Gold Digger
30 July 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Maurice Costello returns to New York to discover that his father did not leave him a fortune -- not something that would be a surprise to most of us, certainly, but one to him. Equally surprising, Florence Turner, on learning the second fact, gives him back her engagement ring. Has Costello escaped a gold digger, or will her dying aunt get into the act?

The situation is one to which most of us might say "good riddance" -- to Miss Turner, not to the expected inheritance, but the acting in this Vitagrapg short is particularly good and it's a very nicely colored print that I took a look at on the Eye Institute's site on YouTube. If, like many a movie of the era, the people seem a bit foreign to the modern audience, this is still a well constructed and acted movie for the era and well worth the time of anyone interested in such efforts.


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