Lovers and Lunatics (1916)
Nathan Grey and his daughter, Betty, live in the suburbs. Betty is in love with Jimmie Gordin, a young fellow of small means but great attraction. All goes well until the villain, Olden Rich, of vast wealth, appears. He falls in love with Betty, and Nathan favors the wealthy suitor. Betty disobeys her father, who swears she shall marry Rich before another week. Betty communicates with Jimmie and they devise a plan. She will go to visit an aunt in a distant city. Jimmis is to call and they will marry before she returns. They did not reckon on the craft of the villain Rich, and he follows on the same train on which Betty leaves. In the distant city Betty sends a telegram to her lover to come at once. This message is intercepted by Rich and he wires to father. In trying to regain her message Betty scuffles with Rich. The police come up and Rich announces that Betty is a harmless lunatic whom he is taking to an asylum. The police believe him. By bribing the superintendent Rich has her placed in the asylum. Father, on getting Rich's wire, leaves for the city and by chance Jimmie also leaves on the same train. Father joins Rich and they go to the asylum, where father informs Betty that she will either marry Rich or never leave the asylum. Despite Betty's protests, they send for a minister. Jimmie arrives in the city and while waiting around the hotel meets a young physician, an old college friend, who is in charge of the asylum. He invites Jimmie to come up and look over the place. Jimmie goes with him and he discovers that Betty is incarcerated in the asylum. The minister arrives and the ceremony between Betty and old Rich is about to take place. The young physician and Jimmie frame a plot and Jimmie has the doctor declare the father and Rich are insane. The minister is now called to unite Jimmie and Betty. Father, seeing all is useless, blesses his children and leaves old Rich to pace his cell in baffled rage.- Written by Moving Picture World synopsis
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