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The Triumph of Mind (1914)

Short | Short, Drama

The hinge of the story is a crippled old lady, Mrs. Trill, who is an angel of the alley. The power of her mind cures a child's illness and finds a lost purse. The neighbors are impressed. Among them Fannie. Later, Fannie's husband, Ben, ...See moreThe hinge of the story is a crippled old lady, Mrs. Trill, who is an angel of the alley. The power of her mind cures a child's illness and finds a lost purse. The neighbors are impressed. Among them Fannie. Later, Fannie's husband, Ben, enacted by Mr. Smalley, loses his job in the Bell Mills, has a tilt with one of the owners, draws a gun and is thrown out of the place, leaving the gun behind. This is pocketed by Daily, another owner. Ben's wife tries to instill faith into him, but the saloon seems to bring him more cheer. Daily, one of the owners, is blackmailed by a street girl, who has discovered his relations with Daisy, a wayward girl. Daily, his resources drained, tries to rob the office safe. He is discovered by his partner, who kills him with Ben's gun. Daily escapes undiscovered to his hotel. Ben, drunk, takes the wrong road home and is caught at the mills as the murder of Earle is discovered. Circumstantial evidence condemns him and he is sentenced to be hanged. Fannie appeals to Mrs. Trill and together they visit Ben's young lawyer. He scoffs at the idea of psychic phenomena as evidence. Mrs. Trill, in directing him to the deathbed of his sister whom Daily has ruined, convinces him of her power and sets about to convict Daily. Visions of the hangman's noose, helped along by mental suggestion, annoy the murderer and at last, when Mrs. Trill tells of her vision in which she sees Daily committing the crime, the guilty man convicts himself. The final scene shows Ben free, believing at last that "Faith is victory." Written by Moving Picture World synopsis See less
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Lois Weber (scenario)
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Updated May 23, 1914

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May 23, 1914 (United States)

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Lois Weber
Fannie Fannie   See fewer
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Ella Hall
Crooked Trill Crooked Trill   See fewer
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Rupert Julian
Dailey - Earle's Partner Dailey - Earle's Partner   See fewer
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William H. Brown
Earle - Dailey's Partner Earle - Dailey's Partner   See fewer
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Elsie Jane Wilson
Bird - a Girl of the Streets Bird - a Girl of the Streets   See fewer
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Agnes Vernon
Daisy - a Wayward Girl Daisy - a Wayward Girl   See fewer
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Philip Rossen
Ben's Attorney Ben's Attorney   See fewer
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