The Third Generation (1920)

Drama | January 1920

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DATE
PAGE
ETR
31 Jan 20
p. 897.
MPN
6 Dec 19
p. 4126.
MPN
31 Jan 20
p. 1323.
MPN
2 Jun 17
p. 28.
MPN
21 Feb 20
p. 1802.
MPW
31 Jan 20
p. 777.
Wid's
25 Jan 20
p. 25.
DETAILS
Release Date:
January 1920
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

When Alden Van Dusen, a third generation member of an old prestigious New York family, is faced with the alternatives of allowing his firm to go bankrupt or becoming involved in fraud, he decides on suicide. As he is about to drown himself, Alden is attacked by a thug and, in the ensuing struggle, his assailant is killed. Seizing upon the opportunity, Alden changes identities with the dead man and drifts West, where he becomes an employee in his firm's mine. Working tirelessly to make the mine a success, Alden saves the business and redeems himself. When he discovers that his wife Helen is not receiving her share of the profits and is being driven to remarry in order to provide support for his child, Alden returns East, where he is reunited with his family and upholds the honor of the third ...

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When Alden Van Dusen, a third generation member of an old prestigious New York family, is faced with the alternatives of allowing his firm to go bankrupt or becoming involved in fraud, he decides on suicide. As he is about to drown himself, Alden is attacked by a thug and, in the ensuing struggle, his assailant is killed. Seizing upon the opportunity, Alden changes identities with the dead man and drifts West, where he becomes an employee in his firm's mine. Working tirelessly to make the mine a success, Alden saves the business and redeems himself. When he discovers that his wife Helen is not receiving her share of the profits and is being driven to remarry in order to provide support for his child, Alden returns East, where he is reunited with his family and upholds the honor of the third generation.

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