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The Right to Happiness (1915)

Short | Short, Drama

Joe Blaney's wife, and his employer, who is his father-in-law, believe him guilty of stealing money from the firm. The thief in reality was a firm member, but so cleverly did he cover his tracks, that circumstances point straight to young ...See moreJoe Blaney's wife, and his employer, who is his father-in-law, believe him guilty of stealing money from the firm. The thief in reality was a firm member, but so cleverly did he cover his tracks, that circumstances point straight to young Blaney. Joe, in sheer despair because even his wife was against him, flees to a small western mining community. He secures a mail route and works so faithfully that he earns the deepest regard and respect of the citizens. Meanwhile Frances, his wife, sues for divorce, but objects to the condition set forth in the decree, so the divorce is not obtained and she and Joe remain husband and wife in the eyes of the law. In the western mining town Joe is diligent. Elsa, the daughter of the hotel keeper, falls in love with him. She fancies that Joe returns her love, yet she wonders at his continued silence. Carlos, a Mexican, is in love with Elsa and attempts to force her to be his wife. To escape the unwelcome attentions of Carlos. Elsa goes to Joe and tells him of her deep love for him. Joe, like the true man that he is, reveals to Elsa the story of his past. Elsa seeks the solitude of the rugged forest that she may be alone in her deep disappointment. While Joe is in the depths of his sorrow, his eyes chance on a newspaper in which is an account of the divorce suit filed by his wife. He thinks the decree has been granted, and in all haste he seeks Elsa. They are married. Months later the real thief confesses to the crime of which Joe was accused. Frances Blaney seeks Joe in his mining home and would return to him. In a vine-covered cabin in a mountain nook, Frances comes on Elsa playing with her baby. Joe is away in the mountains prospecting. Frances is on the point of revealing her identity, when word comes that Joe has been hurt and needs help. Oblivious of all but her husband's need, Elsa gives the baby to Frances to care for while she rushes to aid the injured Joe. She causes Joe to be carried into the cabin. Frances witnesses the deep affection between Joe and Elsa. and comes to a realization that Elsa, not herself, has earned the right to happiness with Joe. Frances leaves the lovers, returns to her eastern home, accepts the conditions of the divorce decree, and Joe is left forever with the little mountain girl who won his heart. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis See less
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Tom Ricketts (as Thomas Ricketts)
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Updated Jun 7, 1915

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Jun 7, 1915 (United States)

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Joseph Galbraith
Joe Blainey Joe Blainey   See fewer
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Vivian Rich
Elsa Dorgan Elsa Dorgan   See fewer
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Louise Lester
Frances Blainey - Mrs. Joe Blainey Frances Blainey - Mrs. Joe Blainey   See fewer
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Harry von Meter
Matt Dorgan (as Harry Van Meter) Matt Dorgan (as Harry Van Meter)   See fewer
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Perry Banks
Charles Gregg Charles Gregg   See fewer
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B. Reeves Eason
John Wilson (as Reaves Eason) John Wilson (as Reaves Eason)   See fewer
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