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Called Back (1912)

Short | Short, Drama

Gilbert Vaughn, a wealthy young man, was suddenly stricken blind, and although his physician told him that in time they might be able to restore his sight, he chafed bitterly at his condition. While tossing about restlessly in his room one...See moreGilbert Vaughn, a wealthy young man, was suddenly stricken blind, and although his physician told him that in time they might be able to restore his sight, he chafed bitterly at his condition. While tossing about restlessly in his room one night, he suddenly decided that he would go out in the street by himself, and eluding his nurse, he stealthily left the house. By carefully counting his steps, and feeling his way with his cane, he found for a time, that he could walk up and down the block in safety, and was much elated thereat. Finally he lost his bearings, rushed around frantically, and became more and more bewildered every minute. At last he came to a stoop that he thought was that of his own house, and he stole up the steps. Blind though he was, there was one test which could tell him if he had struck the right place, his latch key. It opened the door, and he stepped into the ball, confident that his troubles were all over. Still he had a feeling that he was in the wrong place, and when he heard a woman playing the piano and singing he knew that his fears were justified. Undecided whether to appeal for help or not, he stood in the hallway. The song continued. Suddenly he heard a gasp and a groan. The music ceased suddenly and the piercing cry of a woman rang out like a frightful change from melody to discord. In the excitement of the moment Vaughn forgot that strength and courage could avail him nothing, but stumbled into the room, eager to aid the woman. He fell over a body on the floor, someone grabbed him, and he heard the click of a revolver. Then he called aloud, "Spare me, I am blind." The assassins satisfied themselves that he told the truth, and led him out of the house, after he had taken an oath never to betray them. As a matter of precaution, they conducted him far away, and then turned him loose in the street. Later the police found him and took him home. Vaughn feared to tell his story, for he doubted if anyone would believe him. Sometimes he thought himself that it was a dream. The work of skilled physicians bore fruit in time, and Vaughn's sight was restored. He searched all over London, hoping that chance might lead him to the house again, but in vain. Yet often and often his thoughts turned to the crime, and the song of the woman that had suddenly turned into a piercing cry of horror. He wondered who the victim might have been, but could not solve the mystery, so as time passed on, he was more and more convinced that it had been a dream. Later Vaughn's sight was restored and he went to Italy for a pleasure trip. There be was smitten with love at first sight when he saw a beautiful girl at prayer in a cathedral. He did not know who she was, but often thought of her, and on his return to England was surprised and delighted to meet her one day on the street. Obeying an impulse, he followed her and found that she lived in a lodging house with her old uncle, and a woman servant who never left the girl out of her sight. To be near his divinity, Vaughn engaged rooms in the same house, and was at last able to make her acquaintance. He found her to be strangely apathetic, but his passions knew no bounds and he announced to the uncle that he was a suitor for the girl's hand. The uncle, after satisfying himself that Vaughn was rich, consented, on condition that the marriage be celebrated immediately. After the ceremony, the uncle disappeared, and Vaughn found to his horror and despair that the woman who now bore his name was apparently hopelessly insane. A shock restored her reason in time, and through it the mystery of the murder, heard by, but not seen by Vaughn, was revealed. The victim was the girl's brother, and she was in the room at the time. The shock drove her mad, and her uncle, the accomplice of the real slayer, cared for and protected her, never dreaming that someday his sin would find him out. He permitted her marriage to Vaughn, knowing she would be well provided for, and did not recognize him as the man who had stumbled into the room, crying "spare me, I am blind." The real slayer in the meantime had ingratiated himself with Vaughn on the plea that he was the madwoman's brother. He called one day to find that vengeance had overtaken him, and that the two persons he regarded as his dupes, were the ones who could fasten the chains of justice tightly around him. The wife, restored to reason, found her husband was the one man in the world, and reciprocated the unselfish love he had long had for her. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis See less
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Hugh Conway (novel) | Lloyd Lonergan (scenario)
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Alfred Huger Moses Jr. (as A.H. Moses Jr.)
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Updated Jun 21, 1912

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Jun 21, 1912 (United States)

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James Cruze
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