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Sources differ greatly on the plot of this film. Bret Harte used many of his stock Western characters in the stage ... More Less

Sources differ greatly on the plot of this film. Bret Harte used many of his stock Western characters in the stage play. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
24 Jun 16
p. 2258.
MPN
25 Mar 16
pp. 1770-71.
MPW
25 Mar 16
p. 2029.
MPW
8 Apr 16
p. 324.
DETAILS
Release Date:
3 April 1916
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Film Mfg. Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
6 March 1916
Copyright Number:
LP7770
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

John Oakhurst, a gentleman gambler, befriends Sandy Morton, who has dissipated his birthright through gambling and excessive drinking and dropped from his father's sight. Although Oakhurst soon takes Sandy's place in the affections of his father, he boards a train heading West and meets Pritchard, an alcoholic, and his wife, the Duchess. Pritchard is wanted by the law and Oakhurst helps him to escape detectives who are on his trail. When Pritchard is declared dead, John refuses to marry the Duchess, who has taken a fancy to him, and out of spite, she fixes a deck of his cards so that he is labeled as a cheat. John leaves for Mexico where he falls in love with a sweet Mexican girl. Meanwhile, Sandy marries the Duchess, but when he discovers what she has done, he follows Oakhurst to Mexico and becomes his footman. In the end, Morton's father locates and forgives Sandy, then brings Oakhurst into the family ... +


John Oakhurst, a gentleman gambler, befriends Sandy Morton, who has dissipated his birthright through gambling and excessive drinking and dropped from his father's sight. Although Oakhurst soon takes Sandy's place in the affections of his father, he boards a train heading West and meets Pritchard, an alcoholic, and his wife, the Duchess. Pritchard is wanted by the law and Oakhurst helps him to escape detectives who are on his trail. When Pritchard is declared dead, John refuses to marry the Duchess, who has taken a fancy to him, and out of spite, she fixes a deck of his cards so that he is labeled as a cheat. John leaves for Mexico where he falls in love with a sweet Mexican girl. Meanwhile, Sandy marries the Duchess, but when he discovers what she has done, he follows Oakhurst to Mexico and becomes his footman. In the end, Morton's father locates and forgives Sandy, then brings Oakhurst into the family business. +

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

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