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SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
13 Nov 15
pp. 1029-30, 1050
MPN
6 Nov 15
p. 44, 90, 99
MPW
30 Oct 15
p. 968.
MPW
1 Jan 16
pp. 41-42.
Variety
29 Oct 15
p. 23.
DETAILS
Release Date:
4 November 1915
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Peter Donaldson, a bankrupt lawyer, decides to commit suicide by swallowing an experimental drug that promises to kill its taker in exactly seven days. To make the most of his remaining days, he books a suite in an expensive hotel where he witnesses a man's violent actions toward his sister. Concerned, Peter tails the couple and learns that the man, Ben Arsdale, is an opium addict. Ellen, Ben's sister, begs Peter to follow her brother and bring him back from the Chinatown opium dens. With the help of Police Inspector Saule, Peter stumbles onto a jewelry theft to which Ben is circumstantially connected. Believing that Ben is guilty, Peter and Ellen search desperately for the addict and gradually fall in love with each other. Peter turns himself in to protect Ben, but the real thief is eventually found. After discovering that his suicide potion is a fake, Peter convinces Ben to quit his drug habit and proposes to ... +


Peter Donaldson, a bankrupt lawyer, decides to commit suicide by swallowing an experimental drug that promises to kill its taker in exactly seven days. To make the most of his remaining days, he books a suite in an expensive hotel where he witnesses a man's violent actions toward his sister. Concerned, Peter tails the couple and learns that the man, Ben Arsdale, is an opium addict. Ellen, Ben's sister, begs Peter to follow her brother and bring him back from the Chinatown opium dens. With the help of Police Inspector Saule, Peter stumbles onto a jewelry theft to which Ben is circumstantially connected. Believing that Ben is guilty, Peter and Ellen search desperately for the addict and gradually fall in love with each other. Peter turns himself in to protect Ben, but the real thief is eventually found. After discovering that his suicide potion is a fake, Peter convinces Ben to quit his drug habit and proposes to Ellen. +

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