Cabel Davis, a miserly old skinflint, holds a mortgage on a house belonging to Samuel Perkins, and is scheming to buy it cheap. Perkins is poor and has a handsome daughter, Mary. Davis ... See full summary »

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Cabel Davis, a miserly old skinflint, holds a mortgage on a house belonging to Samuel Perkins, and is scheming to buy it cheap. Perkins is poor and has a handsome daughter, Mary. Davis calls and insists on the payment of money due and Perkins tells him he cannot meet the obligation. Davis leaves, threatening him. The old miser conceives a cunning plan to prevent the mortgaged house from being rented, and makes visits to the old house, using a sheet and emitting hideous noises to convince the villagers that the house is haunted. The place is visited by several, who go away terror-stricken, as the old miser takes a black cat up through the cellar-way and shows it through the window. In the meantime, Milton Dawson, a young station agent, meets Mary Perkins and falls in love with her. He learns from the people in the village that the Perkins house is haunted. He decides to do a little investigating, and trails Davis to the house and sees him enter through the cellar. Young Dawson follows ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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4 September 1911 (USA)  »

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The pretty love scene with which the picture closes seems likely to square any account
10 April 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A miser holds a mortgage on a house and to prevent the poor owner, who cannot meet the obligation, from renting the place, dresses in a sheet and makes the passing throng believe the house is haunted. This works well until a young man falls in love with the unfortunate mortgager's daughter. He does a bit of investigating and succeeds in exposing the nefarious scheme to the crowd of horrified spectators below. The miser writes a release of the mortgage when threatened with bodily harm by the enraged crowd. The young man goes to the other's house, presents the release and explains the circumstances. Thanks do not pay him, but the pretty love scene with which the picture closes seems likely to square any account he may have against the place. - The Moving Picture World, September 16, 1911


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