James Halsey, a wealthy old man, marries a young wife, who has no use for him but plenty of use for his money. Mr. Halsey has a nephew, a namesake, James Braddon, to whom he wills one-half ... See full summary »
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Earle Williams ...
Jim Braddon - the Nephew
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James Halsey - the Uncle
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Mrs. James Halsey
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Bessie Dallard - Jim's Sweetheart
Edith Halleran
Tefft Johnson
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James Halsey, a wealthy old man, marries a young wife, who has no use for him but plenty of use for his money. Mr. Halsey has a nephew, a namesake, James Braddon, to whom he wills one-half of his fortune. Braddon is a hardworking young attorney, assisted by a very pretty stenographer. Bessie Dallard, with whom he is very much in love. The wealthy uncle calls to see his nephew on business and suddenly drops dead of apoplexy. James Braddon goes to see his uncle's widow in regard to the will. He cannot find it, as Mrs. Halsey has hidden it with intentions of destroying it. Young Braddon is obliged to discharge Miss Dallard through lack of funds. Mrs. Halsey goes out for a ride in her limousine. While passing through a side street, she tears the will up and throws the fragments into the roadway. Bessie Dallard, who is out walking, crosses the road just as the automobile passes, and sees the flying bits of paper. She picks up several pieces of the paper and readily sees that it is a will. ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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10 October 1911 (USA)  »

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Det forsvundne Testamente  »

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The widow's discomfiture, like the whole picture, is finely acted
26 April 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

The young man was a struggling attorney who had long expected to inherit from his uncle, when the uncle suddenly got married for the second time. The uncle, however, shows him that he has been left something. The new wife overhears; she cannot bring herself to destroy the will, but she hides. The uncle drops dead and the will can't be found. The nephew, in financial straits, has to let his stenographer go, for he cannot pay her. The widow, passing in an automobile, attempts to dispose of the will by tearing it in small pieces, which she scatters along the road just as the stenographer is passing. Enough pieces are picked up to show what the papers are and then others are found, and the document is complete. The girl brings it to the man and later they are married by the Rev. John Bunny. The widow's discomfiture, like the whole picture, is finely acted. A very good film. - The Moving Picture World, October 21, 1911


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