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A Man's Way (1914)

Short | Short, Drama

Henry and Louise had gone through college together. Afterward, Henry went out to pursue his career, that of a geologist, meanwhile letting business gradually crowd out Louise, who never forgot to love him. On a vacation Henry came in ...See moreHenry and Louise had gone through college together. Afterward, Henry went out to pursue his career, that of a geologist, meanwhile letting business gradually crowd out Louise, who never forgot to love him. On a vacation Henry came in contact with an old mountaineer and his young granddaughter, Gladys, a sweet, girlish product of the mountains. Soon interest grew to infatuation. Career was forgotten. They were married and very happy for a while, but Henry's ambition again came to the front, and he decided to go back to the place of his work. In the city, Henry steadily followed in the footsteps of success, shaking off, for a time, the thoughts of his child-wife, off in the mountains with her old grandfather. Louise, the girl who had always loved him, soon realized the hopelessness of her love. Gladys, back in the mountains, was brokenhearted. Louise's unrequited love for Henry undermined her health and she had to be sent up into the mountains to regain her strength. One day she heard a melody; she followed the sound and came upon Gladys. A prank of Providence brought together two women whose hearts were given to one man. The two became fast friends. Meanwhile Henry was successful, but not happy. Thoughts of his child wife came until finally he started for her. She was gone. For five years he searched to no avail. She sings at a big reception. By a strange coincidence Harry comes to the same reception. He is greatly affected by the singing, but does not recognize in this cultured woman his little mountain Gladys. She recognizes him, but controls herself. After the solo she goes into the garden. He starts to follow. He watches, and as this woman battles with herself, the old crude instincts return; she tugs at her ear. Henry recognizes her through this mannerism. He goes to her, his wife, but she spurns him. Louise, who is present, stands a witness to the scene, and realizes that the man she loves pleads for the love of another. Gladys is adamant. Henry leaves her. Louise's love for Henry forces her to him. He pours out his story to her, not knowing that every word is a wound. Louise, realizing now that her love is hopeless, leaves him. She goes to Gladys and says, "I saw all; you must go to him." Gladys will not relent, so Louise, desperate in her love for the man and her wish for his happiness, lets out the secret that Henry is the man she has loved and begs Gladys for the sake of her love to go to him. Gladys loves Henry deeply. Her pride is broken by Louise's magnanimity, and husband and wife are reconciled. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis See less
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Jul 20, 1914 (United States)

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Vivian Rich
Gladys Gladys   See fewer
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Harry von Meter
Gladys' Grandfather (as Harry Van Meter) Gladys' Grandfather (as Harry Van Meter)   See fewer
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Louise Lester
Louise's Mother Louise's Mother   See fewer
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Jack Richardson
Dr. Flemming Dr. Flemming   See fewer
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