Widow Maitland's two sons, Ralph and Steve, after being tattooed by an old sailor, return home, where both receive a thrashing. Ralph resents it and runs away. Fifteen years pass. Steve and... See full summary »

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Sydney Ayres ...
Steve Maitland
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Ralph Maitland
Earl Eydon ...
Steve Maitland - as a Boy
Mathew Dwyer ...
Ralph Maitland - as a Boy
Fred Huntley ...
Jim Connors - Deputy Sheriff
Nick Cogley ...
Jack Kernan - Dance Hall Proprietor
Frank Richardson ...
Dr. Jones
Frank Clark ...
Dr. Williams (as Frank M. Clark)
John Fitzgerald ...
Bill Hardtack - an Old Sailor
Anna Dodge ...
Widow Matiland
Iva Shepard ...
Nurse Hastings
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Widow Maitland's two sons, Ralph and Steve, after being tattooed by an old sailor, return home, where both receive a thrashing. Ralph resents it and runs away. Fifteen years pass. Steve and his mother go west, where he is elected sheriff. Ralph comes to the very county in which his brother and mother are living. He has drifted from bad to worse, and after a poker game, he suggests to his pals that they go to a dance in a neighboring town. Arriving there, a quarrel takes place in which a young man is shot by Ralph, who makes his escape. The sheriff starts out with a posse after the murder. He is finally overtaken, and wounded, and is captured. After being taken back to the town, his wounds are cared for and during that process, his tattoo is discovered, and Steve recognizes his brother. All the medical attendance at hand is given him, but he sinks, and only regains consciousness long enough to ask forgiveness of Steve, and say goodbye to his mother. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama | Western

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17 October 1911 (USA)  »

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The picture has some freshness at the start
4 May 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Every element in this Western picture that gives interest to it is wholly conventional. In its last act the sheriff recognizes a long-lost brother who has taken the evil path. Both have the same tattoo mark on the right arm, and when the outlaw is dying from wounds received in his chase by the sheriff's posse, the sheriff sees this mark on his arm. The picture has some freshness at the start. Both boys pay an old sailor to make the marks and when they get home their mother whips them both. The older runs away. To such as have not seen too many Westerns, the film will be not without interest. - The Moving Picture World, October 28, 1911


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