The Human Pendulum ()


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Bob McKay is chief of construction on the new mountain division of the Black Rock Short Line, and he is greatly aided in his tasks by his foreman, McFadden. Stanford Markham, president of the company engaged in building the new line,... See more »

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Dorothy Markham
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Stanford Markham (as E.N. Wallack)
Lee Hill ...
Bob McKay
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Jim Gordon (as Leon C. Shumway)
Ivor McFadden ...
McFadden (as Ivor MacFadden)

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Henry MacRae ... (as Henry McRae)

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Henry MacRae ... (story) (as Henry McRae)
 
Frank Wiltermood ... (scenario)

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Bob McKay is chief of construction on the new mountain division of the Black Rock Short Line, and he is greatly aided in his tasks by his foreman, McFadden. Stanford Markham, president of the company engaged in building the new line, orders the construction work rushed, as, by the terms of its franchise, the company must complete the project within a scheduled time. Jim Gordon, one of McKay's colleagues, while posing as an honest man, is being paid secretly by a rival company to delay the work. He creates dissension among the workmen and has Bud Ennis, a laborer, wreck a train carrying construction material. McKay apprises President Markham of the wreck. He says that he, his daughter, Dorothy, and three directors are hurrying by special train to hold a conference with McKay and Gordon, who is not suspected by any one of his treachery. Gordon learns of the special and plots to blow it up with dynamite; but it so happens that McKay passes the explosive. He removes it just as the special passes. When informed of the attempt on his life, Markham praises McKay for his act. Gordon, on meeting Markham and the directors, belittles McKay's work. Markham, largely on account of his poor health, decides to remain in the mountains. Gordon, to ingratiate himself with Dorothy, lends her his saddle horse, and she rides along the mountain trails. Gordon continues his plotting and manages to have the workmen idle at a time when Markham is near, so that Markham, on meeting McKay, scolds him, with a result that McKay resigns his post. McFadden also quits in loyalty to McKay. Later McFadden and McKay rescue Dorothy from death as the horse she is riding becomes frightened and dashes over a cliff. McKay carries her to her father. He shows his gratitude by persuading McKay to resume his work on the new line. Some weeks later the road is completed and the officials decide to run a train over the line and thus fulfill the terms of the franchise. Gordon resolves to block the passage of the train. He and his thugs make several attempts to carry out their dastardly plot, but each time they are frustrated by McKay. In the end Gordon is killed. When the train arrives at Black Rock, Markham and the directors all praise McKay. Later Dorothy becomes his bride at an elaborate wedding. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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