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The Thunderbolt (1912)

A broker who was trying to get rich dishonestly, found himself in danger of arrest. Just as he was preparing for flight a neighbor entered. This man had been poor all his life, but coming ... See full summary »
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... The Dishonest Broker
... The Poor Man
Jean Darnell ... The Poor Man's Wife
... The Poor Couple's Son, as an Adult
... The Broker's Daughter, as an Adult
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A broker who was trying to get rich dishonestly, found himself in danger of arrest. Just as he was preparing for flight a neighbor entered. This man had been poor all his life, but coming unexpectedly into a legacy of $10,000, decided that the broker was the man who could invest the money for him. The broker took the cash, stuffed it into his pockets and left his office forever. He decided that this windfall should he set apart for his little daughter. The old lodge keeper on his estate had been in his employ for years, and was very fond of the little girl. To him the broker went, swore him to secrecy and obedience, and gave him the money, which he promised to hide from everybody until the girl came of age. The broker then departed, but was captured while trying to escape, convicted, and served ten years in prison. On his release the broker hunted up his old servant, intending to reclaim the money and with it and his daughter to start life anew. The servant had been faithful to his ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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26 November 1912 (USA)  »

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The present picture lacks unity of interest
18 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

A picture with a startling climax, but almost lacking in dramatic suspense. Of course, a thunderbolt could not be made to be expected, yet it might have been used so as greatly to add to the climax of a dramatic story. The present picture lacks unity of interest. It fails to set forth one person or group of persons with whom the spectator can sympathize. It isn't a story about any one person, as it starts out to be, but of a bundle of money. The thunderbolt reveals its hiding place. James Cruze, as the dishonest broker who steals the poor man's little legacy and has it hidden, does excellent and very interesting work. David Thomson plays the poor man; Jean Darnell, his wife; William Garwood, their son grown up, and Mignon Anderson, the broker's daughter grown up. It is a prettily made picture. - The Moving Picture World, December 7, 1912


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