The Embezzler (1914)

According to the play a sinister family skeleton overshadows and threatens to wreck the lives of two innocent persons, until the workers of evil defeat themselves by the same methods with ... See full summary »

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writer:

Allan Dwan
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Murdock MacQuarrie ... John Spencer
Pauline Bush ... John Spencer's Daughter
William C. Dowlan ... Arthur Bronson
Lon Chaney ... J. Roger Dixon
William Lloyd William Lloyd ... William Perkins
Richard Rosson Richard Rosson ... The Penman
Gertrude Short
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According to the play a sinister family skeleton overshadows and threatens to wreck the lives of two innocent persons, until the workers of evil defeat themselves by the same methods with which they at first gained ascendancy over others. John Spencer had been a criminal at one time in his life; he feared the iron hand of the law. But as much as he feared the law falling upon his shoulder and forcing him to answer for his misdeeds of long ago, he loved his daughter. For her he sought to do right. Pauline was ignorant of her father's past and she idolized him as a good father and a man of principles. Roger Dixon is the only man who knows of and can prove John Spencer's guilt. He makes this knowledge the basis of a systematic scheme of blackmail: the price of his silence growing larger day by day. Pauline loves and is loved by Arthur, a young attorney. As time passes the blackmailer grows bold in his demands, and finally he threatens that if Pauline is not given to him in marriage he ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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blackmail | melodrama | See All (2) »

Genres:

Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1914 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Not very fresh in subject matter
30 June 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A two-reel offering, written and produced by Allan Dwan, with Murdock MacQuarrie and Pauline Bush in the leading roles. The plot is familiar in most of its details. The girl's father is in the power of the villain, played by Lon Chaney. who blackmails him at will. The girl does some amateur detective work, and later in the story one of the gang shoots the villain. The story is well constructed, but not very fresh in subject matter. - The Moving Picture World, April 4, 1914


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