"The Idler" is Mark Cross, a young man of good family, who in a wild fit of daredeviltry has emigrated from London to the far west. John Harding, also well-born of wealthy parents, but ... See full summary »


Lloyd B. Carleton


C. Haddon Chambers (play)




Cast overview:
Charles Richman ... Mark Cross
Walter Hitchcock Walter Hitchcock ... Sir John Harding
Cathrine Countiss Cathrine Countiss ... Lady Helen Merryweather Harding (as Catherine Countiss)
Claire Whitney ... Kate Merryweather
Stuart Holmes ... Simon Strong
Maude Turner Gordon Maude Turner Gordon ... Inez
William T. Carleton William T. Carleton ... (as W.T. Carleton)
Harry Spingler


"The Idler" is Mark Cross, a young man of good family, who in a wild fit of daredeviltry has emigrated from London to the far west. John Harding, also well-born of wealthy parents, but disinherited, and a poor clerk, is also seeking his fortune in the gold fields. One day Harding receives a letter from a firm of London solicitors informing him that his father has died and that he is now Sir John Harding, Bart. He sets out at once to make his preparations for his return to civilization and to take up the station in life that is rightfully his. But that very day he becomes involved in a quarrel with Felix Strong, the young brother of a miner named Simeon Strong, and Felix is shot accidentally during the dispute. Harding is accused of murder, but flees to England in time to escape the vengeance of a posse, headed by Simeon Strong, who is determined to avenge his brother. Years after in London, Harding, who has married the girl both he and Cross were in love with before they emigrated, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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December 1914 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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4 July 2019 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

The photo-play production of C. Hadden Chambers' drama, "The Idler," reflects much credit on Lloyd B. Carleton, who directed it. It is a strong drama and lent itself easily to the film, and in its five reels there is not a moment without interest. Apart from the action of the play, which has been handled by a cast of well-known stage stars, namely, Charles Richman, Catherine Countiss, Claire Whitney, Stuart Holmes, Walter Hitchcock and Maud Turner Gordon, special attention should be called to the quality and depth of many of its settings, the richness and good taste of the costuming, and the splendid photographic effects achieved. If any fault can be found with the production as presented, it is in the lack of explanatory subtitles, a few more of which might help the uninitiated to grasp the full intent of the play. - The Moving Picture World, January 9, 1915

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