A Fool and His Money (1912) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • Sam the white-washer pines for the affluent Lindy, but she has dumped him in favor of another. Sam finds a large sum of money, and goes to New York to enjoy a shopping spree, buying new clothes, jewelry and a car with a driver. Back home, Lindy flips for Sam and his newfound wealth, and dumps the rival. Sam throws an engagement party where he indulges in a friendly game of cards with his former rival and another man, who unbeknownst to Sam, is a card shark. Sam loses his bankroll, jewels, clothes and car in short order, Lindy runs off with the card shark, and Sam resigns himself once again to a life of white-washing.

  • Sam Jones is a laborer, a wielder of the white-wash brush. He is in love with Lindy Williams. Having saved up quite a little money, Sam buys some swell second-hand clothes and goes to Lindy's home. Lindy's people are quite prosperous, her father having retired from his job as "Public Porter." Lindy is a coquettish ebony beauty and trifles with Sam's affections. She plays Sam against Bill Johnson and finally in despair Sam retires from the field. Walking along the road beaten and despondent, Sain finds a lot of money. Now, he vows, he will show them! He buys full dress clothes and other swell duds, an automobile and jewelry. Like a peacock he begins parading himself before Lindy and his rival, and, as can be expected, coquettish Lindy transfers her affections to him. Sam makes hay while the sun shines and proposes to Lindy and basks in her smiles. After his acceptance he sends out invitations to a reception, on which occasion he plans to announce his engagement. During the reception Bill Johnson and his pal, Slick Mr. Tighe, concoct a scheme to break Sam. They invite him to a poker game and by cleverly stacking the cards and passing aces under the table with their naked toes, Sam is relieved of his fortune. When Lindy is apprised of this she gives Sam the cold shoulder and offers her arm to Slick Mr. Tighe, the possessor of all of Sam's wealth.


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