Ben Ames, through circumstantial evidence, is forced to serve a prison sentence. Upon his release he returns to his home and wife and child. The next day he is fortunate enough to secure a ... See full summary »

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Ben Ames, through circumstantial evidence, is forced to serve a prison sentence. Upon his release he returns to his home and wife and child. The next day he is fortunate enough to secure a position in the wholesale house of Arnold and Co. He works hard and succeeds so well that he is promoted several times. One day when he is leaving the store he accidentally bumps into a former cellmate named Hogan. Hogan learns that Ames has been successful in keeping the knowledge of his prison term from his employer, and uses this bit of information to blackmail Ames. Ames gives him money time and time again. Finally, however, Hogan's demands grow too strong and, after Ames' refusal to contribute further, Hogan tells Arnold of Ames' record. Ames is discharged and is unable to secure other work. The day comes when he is forced to take up his former profession in an effort to secure medicine for his sick wife. His child's doll gets mixed up in his bag of burglar tools, and it is through this clue ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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13 January 1913 (USA)  »

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The ending is sentimental and rather weakens the impression
25 June 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A picture showing the difficulties and final good luck of an ex- convict. It is an unusually well acted picture with some scenes showing the man's home life, which make a strong appeal and plainly pleased the audience much. Carl Winterhoff plays the man; Adrienne Kroel, his wife and Frances Osman, his engaging little girl. The ending is sentimental and rather weakens the impression. There are senses in an office, where the man has a job as janitor; just outside, where we see an old pal blackmailing him with a threat to tell the boss, and outside and also inside the boss's house. The author, J. Hungerford, has given the Selig players a good chance to act, otherwise he deserves little credit for any originality. Hardee Kirkland produced it carefully. Harry Lonsdale is the boss, LyIIian Leighton, the boss's wife and William Stowell, the pal. All do first class work. - The Moving Picture World, February 1, 1913


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