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The Blood Red Tape of Charity (1913)

An injured telegraph lineman, the father of a large family, finds it difficult to make ends meet. A gentleman thief attempts to aid the family by desperate means.





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William Weldon
Marx, a Gentleman Thief


William Weldon, a telegraph lineman, is the father of a large family and finds it a hard struggle to make both ends meet on his small wages. To make matters worse, he is injured while working and falls from a telegraph pole, sustaining injuries which force a lay-off for several weeks. His family is left almost destitute and after a time seek aid from various charity organizations. In each case the organization promises to make a full investigation and do what they can, but by the time all the red tape rules are complied with, the family would have been starved. In the meantime, Marx, a gentleman thief, who has a secret retreat in the same building in which the Weldon family live, meets the invalid's daughter, Alice Weldon. She tells him of the family's condition and Marx endeavors to aid her, although at the time he is out of ready cash himself. Taking desperate measures, he holds up a doctor and forces him to attend to Weldon. Then, in company with a female leader of the gang, he ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama





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26 September 1913 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Film debut (unbilled) of Lon Chaney. See more »

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