The Gambler's Influence (1911)

Tiring of work on the farm, Jack Harper quarreled with his father and went west, bidding a temporary goodbye to his sweetheart, Elsie Nugent. In a Western barroom he was made great fun of ... See full summary »
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Jack Standing ... Jack Harper - the Country Boy
Cleo Ridgely ... Elsie Nugent - Jack's Sweetheart
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Tiring of work on the farm, Jack Harper quarreled with his father and went west, bidding a temporary goodbye to his sweetheart, Elsie Nugent. In a Western barroom he was made great fun of as a tenderfoot. Tom Manly, a good-natured gambler, interfered with the cowboys' sport at Jack's expense. Manly took Jack to his cabin and invited him to share it. In a short time Jack began drinking and gambling. Having lost all his money he put up a ring that Elsie had given him and lost that, Manly being the winner. One day in a fit of remorse Jack wrote to Elsie. With a woman's intuition Elsie knew that Jack was in trouble and immediately set out to go to him. Meanwhile Jack had seen an iron box of money loaded in the stage coach. He determined to turn robber. This happened on the very day when Elsie arrived. She met Manly and that gentleman immediately offered to take her to her lover's cabin. When they arrived there Manly saw that Jack had cut a mask from a blanket. He also missed his rifle and... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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USA

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English

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12 October 1911 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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There is sufficient freshness in it and the players are pleasing
4 May 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

The gambler's influence kept Jack from making an honest living in the first place. Jack had run away from the farm because of his father's harshness. Jack's sweetheart in the home village was very pretty. While Jack was gambling he forgot to write to Elsie; but when his last penny was gone, he remembered. His letter led her to think that he had made a good beginning and, as she had some money, she determined to go to him rather than wait till he could make enough to send for her. Meanwhile Jack being "broke" is preparing to hold up the stage. Elsie arrives and the gambler takes her to Jack's room. There he finds evidence that tells him what Jack is about to do. He hurries and comes to the pass in time to keep Jack from committing the crime. Then he starts him and Elsie on the road to happiness. The picture is interesting; there is sufficient freshness in it and the players are pleasing. Its chief virtue is that it is wholly romantic and not a picture of life, but a rest from life's realities. - The Moving Picture World, October 28, 1911


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