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Jim Webb, Senator (1914)

Short | Drama, Romance, Short

Jim Webb, a new Congressman, arrived in Washington, alter bidding his little mother in the southern village goodbye, dressed as his father dressed before him, with the wide-brimmed black hat, the "Prince Albert" and the Bowing tie. But ...See moreJim Webb, a new Congressman, arrived in Washington, alter bidding his little mother in the southern village goodbye, dressed as his father dressed before him, with the wide-brimmed black hat, the "Prince Albert" and the Bowing tie. But what Jim lacked in style, as city style goes, he made up for with his sturdy tongue, his ability to mold the opinion of others. Time soon found him the chairman of one of the important Senate committees. Certain moneyed interests are desirous of having a bill passed. Through its lobbyists, Jim is approached and offered a bribe to throw his influence to the bill's support. Knowing the bill is crooked, Jim turns the offer down. Other means failing to reach Jim, the "Interest" sets one of its most fascinating women lobbyists against him with the object of furthering the crooked measure. The plan works so successfully that Jim ultimately falls desperately in love with her. As an incident in her plan, she induces him to abandon the ante-bellum style of clothes for the latest thing in dress. At the close of the Congressional session Jim has engaged himself to the lobbyist, Marion. He induces her to return with him and meet his parents. On arriving, Jim's constituents look askance at the change in his appearance. "He ain't the same old Jim," is their comment. It is during Marion's stay in Jim's home town that she first awakes to her position; the associations with Jim's mother awakens the best in her woman nature. At the beginning of the next session the crooked bill is brought up for its first reading. Marion, in the meanwhile having fallen in love with Jim, informs the men who have employed her that it is impossible for her to continue in the scheme. Later, she confesses all to Jim. This comes like the proverbial thunderbolt from a clear sky to Jim. Marion had become such a part of his life that he had, to please her, promised to put the crooked bill through. The play closes with the last desperate effort of the lobbyists to shut Jim out of the meeting, their failure and denouncement, the forgiveness of Marion by Jim and a glance at the new road of happiness stretching out for the two young people. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis See less
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King Baggot (scenario)
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Aug 24, 1914 (United States)

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King Baggot
Jim Webb Jim Webb   See fewer
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Leah Baird
Marion Marion   See fewer
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Howard Crampton
A Senator Friend A Senator Friend   See fewer
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William Welsh
A Lobbyist A Lobbyist   See fewer
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Frank Smith
A Minister A Minister   See fewer
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Mrs. Allen Walker
Jim's Mother (as Mrs. Allan Walker) Jim's Mother (as Mrs. Allan Walker)   See fewer
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