The Loan Shark (1912)

Richard Montague and his pretty wife are very happy in their little home. Montague is a collector for a business concern and, one day, accidentally loses $150 of the firm's money. Realizing... See full summary »
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Frank Dayton ... Richard Montague
Beverly Bayne ... Mrs. Richard Montague
Helen Dunbar
Frances Osman ... The Montague Child
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Richard Montague and his pretty wife are very happy in their little home. Montague is a collector for a business concern and, one day, accidentally loses $150 of the firm's money. Realizing he must replace the money at once or probably lose his position, Montague reads a "loan shark" ad in the paper, goes to the "shark's" office and secures the necessary money by signing a promissory note and agreeing to pay the exorbitant rate of 20 per cent interest on the principal. Months go by and Montague has already paid the principal back in interest, but still is compelled to go on paying interest because of the note he has signed. His wife, however, finally questions him and he confesses to her his trouble. Realizing the clutches of the "loan shark" must be thrown off or their home wrecked, the wife goes to the "shark's" office and, through a clever trick, obtains a large package of notes from the desk, springs to the fire and threatens to burn them all unless the "shark" cancels her ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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USA

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English

Release Date:

15 March 1912 (USA) See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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It is more of a tract than a story
18 October 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

An educational story; in truth, , although the imaginative portrayal of the loan shark gives to it unusual interest. Its purpose seems to be to picture the possibilities when a salaried man resorts to such a lender of money. It lives on our hatred of the ruthless, grasping character, the usurer, rather than on our sympathy for the young man and wife who fall into his clutches. It isn't convincing as actual experience to- day, with the usury laws as they are. Things to-day may be bad enough and we commend the picture as a desirable number to show. The photographs are very good. There is one poor set in it. - The Moving Picture World, April 6, 1912


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