Two brothers are strongly attached to each other. The elder man has always looked after his brother. One day, he asks him to take a hand in a game of cards. He comes out the winner, but ... See full summary »

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Two brothers are strongly attached to each other. The elder man has always looked after his brother. One day, he asks him to take a hand in a game of cards. He comes out the winner, but this game leads to his downfall. He cannot give up gambling, and loses all his money. One day at the club he notices his brother's prospective father-in-law take out a checkbook to write a check, when he is suddenly called into the next room. While he is away, the young man tears a blank check out of the book. The next day the cashier of the bank calls upon the merchant and shows him a check signed with his name. He pronounces it a forgery, and at once suspects that his daughter's lover has a hand in it. The elder brother, feeling that he is indirectly responsible, says he is the author of the forged check. He loses his sweetheart. The young girl, gathering all her presents together that he had given her, discovers a latter in which her sweetheart says that he is worrying over his younger brother's ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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25 July 1911 (USA)  »

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It was a hard story to make clear in pantomime
26 March 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Artfully made pictures of beautiful scenes are the most distinguishing feature of this film, which tells a story of an older brother's weakness leading a younger brother into vice and the older brother's shouldering the responsibility of his brother's crime. The scene in the father-in-law's house has a conservatory leading from it which was not very convincing in the picture. Some of the story's pictures are exquisite. There was, for instance, an almost fairy quality in the scene on the balcony overlooking Monte Carlo and the Mediterranean. As full of poetry in another way is the picture of a girl's sorrow as represented by the leading lady, Laura Sawyer. She is kneeling beside her bed destroying the elder brother's letters and the camera has brought out very finely the tones and values in her face, hair, draperies, the coverlet on the bed, the curtains of the room, etc. Again in a later scene at home, as she turns to the fireplace and also when she and the older brother (Herbert Prior) now cleared by the younger brother's (Richard Ridgley) confession, are left alone. The picturesque quality in this scene is very marked. It was a hard story to make clear in pantomime; but the acting was restrained and free, and makes the picture clear and effective. - The Moving Picture World, August 12, 1911


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