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A Mississippi Tragedy (1913)

Calhoun, a planter, lives with his son and daughter, James and Martha. He strongly objects to young Gordon, who has been paying court to Martha and who has the reputation of being a gambler... See full summary »

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James Calhoun - the Planter's Son
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Martha Calhoun - the Planter's Daughter
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Calhoun, a planter, lives with his son and daughter, James and Martha. He strongly objects to young Gordon, who has been paying court to Martha and who has the reputation of being a gambler. Calhoun forbids Gordon from entering the house. One day as Gordon is traveling up the river he sees Calhoun who is returning from the sale of his cotton crop and is counting his money on the deck. Meredith, an unscrupulous gambler, also notices Calhoun and determines to relieve him of his money. Meredith proposes a friendly game of cards and after some hesitation, Calhoun consents. Through the stateroom window Gordon sees that Meredith is cheating Calhoun. He therefore enters the room boldly and insists upon taking part in the game. When Calhoun stakes everything Gordon cheats and walks out with the money. Broken in spirit, Calhoun jumps overboard. Meredith finds cards on the floor and sees that Gordon has cheated. He hastens forth to expose him. Meanwhile Gordon has written the following note and... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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5 April 1913 (USA)  »

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A real back-kicking steamer
27 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

There is a good deal of freshness in this story of gambling for high stakes on Mississippi steamboats in days before the war. The really good point about it is that it seems realistically true to the times it pictures, and so it convinces. It has, for instance, a real back- kicking steamer of the old type. The scenes with this in are fine. The plot, with new incidents, is conventional and ends, as many pictures do, with the heroine riding to save the hero, a noble-hearted young man who had been forbidden the house by her father, because he was a gambler. Anna Nilson is the girl; James Vincent, the hero; Hal Clements, the villain; Guy Coombs, the girl's brother and Henry Hallem. a fine old man, her father. The photography is clear. An offering that will be welcomed. - The Moving Picture World, April 19, 1913


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