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The Branded Shoulder (1911)

Clay Barton, a poor young ranchman, decides to leave his motherless baby in a foundling asylum for adoption and that he may recognize it again in later years he decides to brand the baby's ... See full summary »

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Clay Barton, a poor young ranchman, decides to leave his motherless baby in a foundling asylum for adoption and that he may recognize it again in later years he decides to brand the baby's shoulder. The branded baby is adopted and named Lillian by the Winthrops, a wealthy couple who have recently lost their little child, with the understanding that the father is not to know where it goes. Twenty years later an accident to Lillian Winthrop's automobile brings about a meeting with Ivor Thaine. Eventually Lillian and young Thaine are betrothed much to the displeasure of Jessica Jurdy. Mr. Winthrop's niece and ward, who has developed more than a liking for Lillian's sweetheart. A few days after the betrothal Mr. Winthrop succumbs to an attack of heart disease and as no will is found Lillian is supposed to inherit the entire estate. Jessica while searching her uncle's desk shortly after the funeral finds a letter indicating that the adoption of Lillian was not legal. She consults a lawyer ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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28 August 1911 (USA)  »

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they brand her shoulder so they will know it in the years to come
10 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

A poor family is forced to part with its child, a girl, but before allowing it to go they brand its shoulder so they will know it in the years to come. Later there is a betrothal which is not looked upon with favor by a niece of this child's adopted parents. Her father has, in the meantime, become wealthy and when the jealous niece discovers that the girl was not legally adopted, she manages to prevent her inheriting her foster father's estate. The adopted girl's father sees an advertisement of the estate and, knowing that the disappointed heiress is a daughter, he decides to buy it. Her lover shows his manhood by reiterating his love for her just the same. - The Moving Picture World, September 16, 1911


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