Joseph Kane is a drunkard. Ruby, his daughter, shares his shame. Kane is in the saloon of "Red" Dooin, imbibing freely. Ruby enters and tries to persuade her father to leave the place. He ... See full summary »
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Joseph Kane is a drunkard. Ruby, his daughter, shares his shame. Kane is in the saloon of "Red" Dooin, imbibing freely. Ruby enters and tries to persuade her father to leave the place. He objects. Charles Stevens, a young lawyer, finds her standing at the door of the saloon, heart-broken. Stevens, who is addicted to strong drink, enters the place, drinks, and goes out unsteady on his legs. The men implicated in the murder of Mat Karn hit upon a scheme to incriminate the inoffensive Kane. They throw the body of Karn on the floor and Kane is laid across it, with a bloody knife placed in the hand of the drunken man. Kane is charged with the murder. The judge appoints Stevens to defend the accused. He visits Kane in prison and obtains from him the facts, the old man protesting his innocence. Ruby implores Stevens to save her father. Stevens recognizes the impossibility of clearing the old man in court and takes matters in his own hands. He visits the saloon, accompanied by the marshal, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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6 April 1911 (USA)  »

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The Maze of Fate  »

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It is all gloom and disappointment and sorrow
7 January 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This story of drunkenness, murder, unjust accusation and various other somewhat exciting events shows a girl as the one who suffers principally and her lot is indeed hard. After being subjected to all the distress depicted in the earlier portions of the film fate follows her to the last and her lover dies in her arms after the villain, because he helped to convict a murderer, throws him into the river, bound to a log. The impression this film makes is not pleasant. There is a feeling of horror after seeing it, which lingers long. It is all gloom and disappointment and sorrow. The operator or the printer or both ought to be more careful of the mechanical work. The tones are not well maintained. And this poor mechanical workmanship is made all the more important by the fact that the acting of the Imp pictures is above the ordinary and most of them tell good stories. - The Moving Picture World, April 22, 1911


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