Robert West, an actor, after his performance in "Hamlet" steps into a restaurant. Through a door leading into a private dining room he sees his wife with Vickers, a friend. Infuriated he attacks Vickers, who escapes with the actor's wife. Contemplating suicide, the actor treads the dark streets. His old friend, the bottle, has superior allurement. The liquor steals away his senses and a newfound woman friend steals his pocket-book. Unable to pay for his drink, West is arrested. The publicity attending his troubles causes West to plunge deeper into alcoholic excess. He is so brain befuddled that he is unable to go on for his performance and he is discharged. West goes from bad to worse. Finally John Spencer, a friend, with West's permission, takes West's little daughter Ellen to Spencer's home, away from the evil influence of her drunken father. Five years pass and the miserable actor is now "down and out." An old actor friend comes up and tells him about an opportunity for him to ...
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