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Joe and Tom Barry are in love with Ruth Hartley. The girl favors Joe and the boys' mother, realizing that the marriage will be a failure, inasmuch as that her son, Joe, has inherited his ... See full summary
Joe and Tom Barry are in love with Ruth Hartley. The girl favors Joe and the boys' mother, realizing that the marriage will be a failure, inasmuch as that her son, Joe, has inherited his father's trait and fever for the gambling table, makes Ruth's father cognizant of the fact and suggests that he break off the engagement between the two. The father confronts Joe with the news and Joe makes a denial. The girl champions her sweetheart and tears the letter up in front of the boy's mother, and refuses to listen any further on the subject. Her confidence is shattered, however, when, on the day that they are to be married, Joe is discovered gambling at the western saloon, and in a fit of anger, the girl marries Tom. When the realization asserts itself, Joe is too late to regain the confidence of the girl. He appeals to the minister of the settlement, who induces him to become a minister and try to make amends preaching the gospel. Ten years elapse and Joe has become the most respected ...

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    • Author: Landaron
    A drama crammed full of anguish involving two brothers who are in love with the same girl; the one she favors has inherited from his father the trait of gambling. The mother, realizing this, prevents their union after the girl is piloted by the discarded brother to a gambling place to see her fiancé at the gambling table. An inconsistent scene occurs here, where she repairs to a minister and immediately marries the other brother. Later the husband becomes a gambler and the older brother is converted and becomes a minister and saves the two from disaster. - The Moving Picture World, July 4, 1914
  • Cast overview:
    Ray Gallagher Ray Gallagher - Tom Barry
    Velma Whitman Velma Whitman - Ruth Hartley
    Paul Smith Paul Smith - Joe Barry
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