George Trent is the son of a widowed mother. He is engaged to marry Sylvia Bennett, and is a cock-sure egoist. An old clergyman, his mother's friend, gets him a chance with a prosperous ... See full summary »

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George Trent
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George Trent is the son of a widowed mother. He is engaged to marry Sylvia Bennett, and is a cock-sure egoist. An old clergyman, his mother's friend, gets him a chance with a prosperous architect in a large city, but his faults get him into a nest of trouble. He is careless with his work, unwilling to take advice and consequently his downfall is brought about. At the same time Sylvia gives him the mitten because he has displayed before her a bad trait. He has seen part of a letter from his employer to the Rev. Mr. Roberts in which the assertion is made that "he has a bad enemy." He goes to the clergyman and demands to know who his enemy is, for he has concluded that his downfall is due to this mysterious person, and in answer the clergyman leads him to a mirror. To his surprise and consternation he learns that his enemy is none other than himself. The result of realization is regeneration. His entire attitude changes and he is given another chance with his old employer. At the end of ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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18 February 1913 (USA)  »

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A very clear, effective offering
31 July 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A very interesting picture by Bannister Merwin. It is satirical, but while it makes the spectator laugh at its hero's weaknesses, it is wise enough not to make anyone laugh at him and so no one in the audience feels that he himself is being laughed at in the picture. Chas, J. Brabin, the producer, deserves credit for the picture's smoothness and simplicity. He has made it a very clear, effective offering. Barry O'Moore is the lad whose enemy is himself; he is conceited, has a bad temper and shows poor bringing up, but in the end makes good. Mrs. William Bechtel plays his mother, an invalid who has been hampered in teaching him how to do better. Richard Ridgely gives a perfect illusion of realism in his part of chief draftsman. Gertrude McCoy is as charming as usual in the role of the girl and sweetheart. William West stands out clearly as the rector. It is a good offering for any place.

  • The Moving Picture World, March 8, 1913


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