Through Fire to Fortune (1914)

Drama | February 1914

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HISTORY

The film's subtitle was The Sunken Village . According to press releases, an entire street in a Pennsylvania mining town was built and then destroyed before the cameras to heighten the dramatic effect of the fire ... More Less

The film's subtitle was The Sunken Village . According to press releases, an entire street in a Pennsylvania mining town was built and then destroyed before the cameras to heighten the dramatic effect of the fire sequence. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
7 Mar 14
pp. 151-52.
MPN
3 Apr 14
p. 157.
MPW
21 Feb 14
p. 1012.
MPW
8 May 15
p. 922, 990
NYDM
4 Feb 14
p. 36.
DETAILS
Release Date:
February 1914
Copyright Claimant:
Lubin Manufacturing Co.
Copyright Date:
23 December 1913
Copyright Number:
LU1845
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Because he has lost everything as a result of unwise stock speculations, Wall Street executive Henry Barrett takes his own life by jumping out of a hotel window. His wife Jane is forced to sell her possessions and starts all over again with the aid of her son Thomas, who obtains a job in the coal mine of John Pearce, his sweetheart Helen's father. Tom advances himself through the ranks until he is fired, due to the machinations of Phil Blair, Helen's former boyfriend, and George Bowers, his late father's business partner. Tom is then put in charge of a new mine and is a success. Both Tom and the village in which the mine is located prosper until a terrible fire breaks out, destroying the mine and much of the village. Encouraged by Phil Blair, the townspeople blame Tom for the accident until it is determined that the fire was caused by an explosion of oil. Ultimately, all of the miners benefit from the discovery of oil and Tom succeeds in restoring his family's ... +


Because he has lost everything as a result of unwise stock speculations, Wall Street executive Henry Barrett takes his own life by jumping out of a hotel window. His wife Jane is forced to sell her possessions and starts all over again with the aid of her son Thomas, who obtains a job in the coal mine of John Pearce, his sweetheart Helen's father. Tom advances himself through the ranks until he is fired, due to the machinations of Phil Blair, Helen's former boyfriend, and George Bowers, his late father's business partner. Tom is then put in charge of a new mine and is a success. Both Tom and the village in which the mine is located prosper until a terrible fire breaks out, destroying the mine and much of the village. Encouraged by Phil Blair, the townspeople blame Tom for the accident until it is determined that the fire was caused by an explosion of oil. Ultimately, all of the miners benefit from the discovery of oil and Tom succeeds in restoring his family's wealth. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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