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With Interest to Date (1911)

Hanford, a young engineer on construction work, is ambitious to succeed in business and also to marry the daughter of his employer. A big contract comes up and he feels that if he can land ... See full summary »

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Frederic Sumner
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Hanford, a young engineer on construction work, is ambitious to succeed in business and also to marry the daughter of his employer. A big contract comes up and he feels that if he can land it, his chances will be decidedly good with the father. The girl he has made sure of in advance. The big contract is the rebuilding of the Wiley plant. He calls upon the Wileys and they lead him to understand that there is a possibility of his getting the order. He goes to work and spends much of his valuable time in study and research and finally lays his plans before their force. When he has finished his exposition the Wileys thank him genially and bid him good-day. He is given to understand that he does not get the order, that they simply wanted to have their force see how a really good salesman went to work (and incidentally they have had valuable points given them in structural engineering). Naturally Hanford is pretty sore and makes up his mind to get even. The opportunity comes when he finds ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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17 January 1911 (USA)  »

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Reputable business men would scarcely tolerate anything of that sort
2 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

A Rex Beach story, which contains vigorous elements that should make it popular. It relates the story of a young engineer, beaten by a prominent firm, and his method of securing a large contract, by having one man impersonate the head of the house giving out the contract, and ask for a large sum of graft. This, of course, advances the price, and the young engineer is enabled to underbid his rival, secure the contract, and incidentally the hand of the girl he wanted. The story is clearly told, the acting is all that could be desired, but whether the influence of the picture is all it should be, depends upon the point of view the audience accepts regarding that graft proposition. The picture apparently teaches that such a method of obtaining a contract is honorable; but, of course, that is open to question. Reputable business men would scarcely tolerate anything of that sort, and the moral influence of the film may therefore be on the wrong side. If it is intended as an illustration of how things are sometimes done, that is another proposition; but the story does not emphasize that fact. If this point were made a trifle clearer, there would be no criticism of this film. - The Moving Picture World, February 4, 1911


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