After marrying her criminal sweetheart in a prison ceremony, a young woman realizes her mistake when she encounters true love, but remains forever "chained" to her degenerate convict husband.


Archer MacMackin


Louella Parsons (scenario)


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Cast overview:
Francis X. Bushman ... Robert King
Ruth Stonehouse ... Ruth Keene
Bryant Washburn ... Harry Madden
Eleanor Blanchard ... Mrs. Keene - Ruth's Mother
John Steppling ... The Doctor
William Walters William Walters ... The Sheriff
Joseph Allen Sr. Joseph Allen Sr. ... (as Joseph Allen)
Frank Dayton


The story concerns the love of Ruth Keene, a beautiful young girl, for Harry Madden, a handsome and presumably upright and conscientious fellow. On the eve of their engagement Madden becomes entangled in a card game with some dissolute companions in the loft of a barn, detects one of their number in the act of cheating, a quarrel ensues and Madden, in the struggle, kills the man with his own revolver. Crazed with fear he attempts to escape and is captured in Ruth's home, where he seeks protection. The result of the trial is a sentence of fifteen years in the penitentiary. Ruth's innocent love now causes her to do a strange thing. She marries Madden in the jail, in spite of the protests of friends and the clergyman, and swears to be ever faithful until he comes back to her. Securing a position in the office of Robert King, a wealthy young lawyer, Ruth finds that King loves her dearly and desires to make her his wife. Gradually a kindred love springs up within her, a love that she ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Drama | Romance | Short







Release Date:

5 November 1912 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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1.33 : 1
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