Part 1. Arthur Wardlaw, the son of a rich London merchant, graduates from Oxford heavily in debt from gambling. Under a plea of lending his tutor, Robert Penfold, money, he forges his ... See full summary »

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Harold M. Shaw ...
Arthur Wardlaw - the Son
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Rev. Robert Penfold
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Michael Penfold - Robert's Father
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General Rolleston
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Helen Rolleston - the General's Daughter
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Wylie - mate of the Prosperpine (as Frank McGlynn)
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Part 1. Arthur Wardlaw, the son of a rich London merchant, graduates from Oxford heavily in debt from gambling. Under a plea of lending his tutor, Robert Penfold, money, he forges his father's name to a check for a large amount drawn to Robert's order, getting the latter to cash it and gives him the amount above the loan. The crime is laid to Robert, and as Arthur fails to help him he is sentenced to five years' servitude in exile. Arthur is engaged to marry Helen Rolleston, the daughter of General Rolleston. Part 2. Robert Penfold, under another name, is a convict on parole in Australia. Arthur Wardlaw, who has involved the firm of Wardlaw & Son by speculation, arranges to have a ship belonging to the firm scuttled for the insurance. Through a strange series of happenings Helen, Arthur's fiancée, sails on this very ship and Robert saves her. They are cast on an uninhabited island. Part 3. General Rolleston arriving in London finds to his horror that his daughter, Helen, has been ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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6 October 1911 (USA)  »

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The costuming and the staging are the work of a master
26 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

Charles Reade's famous story is acceptably visualized in this film. The story is well told, or so much of it as is essential to an understanding of the narrative and it is told so well that those who have read the novel will be delighted with the rendition, while those who have not read it will be given an opportunity to become acquainted with a worthwhile tale. The shipwreck and the life on the island will attract by their realistic character, The closing scene where Arthur Wardlaw is confronted with the evidence of his double villainy has a strong appeal to the dramatic instinct. The actors have interpreted the author's work with appreciation and sympathy, while the costuming and the staging are the work of a master. Indeed, the film is well worth all the encomiums which some in the audience bestowed upon it as it was running. - The Moving Picture World, October 21, 1911


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