Another charming short from Edison - not in the tippest top condition but the orange and gold tones are very striking. Have a feeling that it is based on a story from Balzac - he did a series of books about the history of the "Rouget" family. Mabel Trunnelle was often paired with her husband Herbert Prior in Edison films until 1917 when she was "let go" and contrary to what is noted in IMDb, Prior didn't play Jean but the later introduced Lord Wentworth(??) who finally breaks the curse of the haunted bedroom.
Lizette loves Jean but a 10,000 franc dowry insisted upon by Jean's father is keeping them apart. Paul, Lizette's "black sheep" brother, begs that she gives him her saved money so he can increase it for her - at the gaming table!! He does win but there are a few who are determined he shall not reach home with his money. Paul also suffers from a bad heart and with the stress he feels from being set upon, he takes refuge at an inn. He seals the money up in an envelope addressed to Lizette Rouget but dies before he can deliver it safely to her. Lizette is now destitute, Jean having long ago deserted her but the ghost of Paul continues to haunt the inn's bedroom to guard the money from "unworthy hands". Enter Lord Wentworth who finds the money and instantly is on his way to Lizette's garret. Paul's job is now done.
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