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The Honor of the District Attorney (1915)

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John Mortimer has been elected district attorney. As he takes office he declares he will enforce the law as he sees it irrespective of what it may mean to friends or kin. Dora, his daughter, encourages him in the rigidness of his ...See moreJohn Mortimer has been elected district attorney. As he takes office he declares he will enforce the law as he sees it irrespective of what it may mean to friends or kin. Dora, his daughter, encourages him in the rigidness of his principles. Soon after her father takes office, Dora leaves for an extended visit with her "granny." After seeing his family away, Mortimer hurries from the station and in passing through a desolate part of the city sees what in his mind is actual murder. He comes upon a young man over the prostrate body of another. Mortimer attempts to arrest the murderer. A lively struggle ensues, the young man breaks away, but not until Mortimer has chanced to see an ugly scar on the face of his opponent. This scar is the one means of eventual identification which Mortimer possesses. Meanwhile at "granny's" estate in the mountains, Dora becomes an enthusiastic equestrienne. On one of her special jaunts in the mountains her horse becomes frightened and bolts. The frenzied animal carries her far into the mountains directly into the path of a blast, to the fuse of which some civil engineers have just applied a match. Among the engineers is Philip Storey, who sees the danger of Dora and by an almost superhuman effort and to great personal risk ho stops the runaway horse. A moment later and the blast explodes. There is a shower of stone in pieces large and small, but Dora and her rescuer are unscathed. From the day of the rescue Philip becomes a constant visitor at "granny's" home. At length he declares his love for Dora and she reciprocates and they become betrothed. Then comes an appointment for Philip who must leave at once for Manilla. This means separation for a hasty marriage. They decide upon the latter. John Mortimer, busy with the many duties of his office is delayed and reaches "granny's" home after the ceremony has been performed. He offers to the happy couple his hearty congratulations. Then he looks at Philip aghast for there on the young man's face is a livid scar, the same that Mortimer saw on the day of the murder. As Mortimer stands astounded the happy couple leave on their honeymoon. Mortimer and his wife return to their home in the city. A terrible situation confronts Mortimer. He knows that duty orders him to arrest his son-in-law. He is torn between love and duty. At length, after wrestling with his problem from early evening until dawn, duty triumphs and Mortimer wires the bridal couple to return. Scarcely does Philip step foot into Mortimer's library when he is arrested and handcuffed, charged with the murder of one Gean Baptiste. Philip is dumbfounded, then realizes that he is woven fast in a net of circumstantial evidence. Then Philip unburdens his heart. He tells of early days of prospecting when he had staked a claim. That claim had been stolen by Baptiste, who took also the papers of record. Philip, followed the thief, but to no avail; he never laid eyes on him, until one day in the city when he came upon the man lying in the throes of death in an out of the way part of the town. Baptiste had been stabbed in the heart. As memory of the theft flashed through Philip's mind he searched the body for the papers proving his claim. While engaged in this act Mortimer had come upon him and hence the suspicion of murder. Mortimer shook his head in doubt. "No jury would believe your story," he said, and men of the plain clothes force were ordered to take the captive away. Just then there came a telegram to Mortimer. Mortimer opened the message and read. Wheeling instantly toward Philip he raised his hand. "Stop," said the District Attorney, "the man is innocent. The telegram from a Western state declares that a man executed that day had confessed to the murder of Gean Baptiste. Philip's innocence was proved. He and Dora fly to each other's arms. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis See less
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B. Reeves Eason (as Reaves Eason)
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Updated Jul 19, 1915

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Jul 19, 1915 (United States)

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Vivian Rich
Dora Mortimer Dora Mortimer   See fewer
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Harry von Meter
John Mortimer - Dora's Father (as Harry Van Meter) John Mortimer - Dora's Father (as Harry Van Meter)   See fewer
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Louise Lester
Nora Mortimer - Dora's Mother Nora Mortimer - Dora's Mother   See fewer
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William Spencer
PhilipStorey PhilipStorey   See fewer
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Jack Richardson
Ben Morgan Ben Morgan   See fewer
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Mrs. Tom Ricketts
Mrs. Dean Mortimer (as Josephine Ditt) Mrs. Dean Mortimer (as Josephine Ditt)   See fewer
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