A Martyr of the Present (1915)

William and Clay Strong, two brothers, are in the banking business. The bank examiner discovers a shortage. William is at a loss to account for it. He learns that his brother is the thief. ... See full summary »

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Sydney Ayres
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Sydney Ayres ... William Strong
Doris Pawn ... Clara Strong
Val Paul Val Paul ... Clay Strong
Wilbur Higby Wilbur Higby ... Dr. Cummings
Carolyn Higby Carolyn Higby ... Dorothy Strong - the Child (as Baby Higby)
Jack Francis Jack Francis ... Antonio - a Fisherman
Dorothy Brown Dorothy Brown ... Maria - the Fisherman's Daughter
Georgia French Georgia French ... Angelo - the Newborn
T.D. Crittenden ... The Bank Examiner (as Mr. Crittenden)
Scott R. Beal Scott R. Beal ... Thomas Clark (as Scott Beal)
George Cummings George Cummings ... John Fisher (as Mr. Cummings)
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William and Clay Strong, two brothers, are in the banking business. The bank examiner discovers a shortage. William is at a loss to account for it. He learns that his brother is the thief. Clay has a wife and child. William plans to take the blame for the loss upon his own shoulders and runs away. William wanders far from "the haunts of man." He takes up his residence with an old fisherman and his daughter, Maria. Maria and William are married, being later blessed with a boy. On his death bed, Clay Strong confesses. Clay's wife is brokenhearted. She and the doctor seek out William at the fishing village to plead with him to come back. William is ashamed of his plain wife. He finally consents to take his son back home for an education. Maria is brokenhearted. Realizing the storm which has broken upon her married life, she rows out to sea in an open boat. Later William sees an empty rowboat drifting. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1915 (USA) See more »

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Powers Picture Plays See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Strongly presented
5 September 2019 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A story of sacrifice, produced by Sydney Ayres, who plays the leading role. The married brother commits embezzlement and the other assumes the guilt. He goes elsewhere and marries a Mexican girl and has a child. Later he is exonerated; the wife killing herself because she cannot return to his former home with him. This resembles the plot of "The Squaw Man" strongly. It is well photographed and quite strongly presented. - The Moving Picture World, February 20, 1915


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