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Her Bargain (1915)

Short | Short, Drama

In a poor home Rodney Blake and his aged sick mother live together. Rodney displays great love and kindness towards his mother. He is an industrious young man, and studies by early morning candlelight before taking his scanty breakfast and...See moreIn a poor home Rodney Blake and his aged sick mother live together. Rodney displays great love and kindness towards his mother. He is an industrious young man, and studies by early morning candlelight before taking his scanty breakfast and leaving for his day's labor. Dorothy Whitney, an heiress, lives at Oak Crest, a magnificent home surrounded by vast and beautiful gardens. She is an orphan, and fancies herself in love with Gordon Thorn, a son of the rich. He, in turn, has shown his love for Dorothy, and a wedding is arranged. Dorothy's maid of honor, an old school girl friend, Evelyn Day, arrives on the scene to help the elaborate preparations made for the wedding. She meets Gordon Thorn, and they suddenly find themselves deeply in love with each other. They elope. Dorothy is brokenhearted. Looking from her boudoir window to the street below, in her bridal dress. Dorothy sees Rodney Blake, one of many laborers, working on a big building. Revenge toward the man who so cruelly deserted her, prompts Dorothy to send her maid to bring the man she sees before her. Into the home of Dorothy; Rodney Blake is ushered and in the presence of the bride-to-be the bargain is made. Dorothy offers Blake twenty thousand dollars a year if he will marry her, to be her husband in name only. Instinctively a gentleman, Blake is about to refuse, when a vision of his aged mother comes to him. Rodney consents, and the bargain is made. A contract is drawn between Dorothy's attorneys, which reads in part: "A marriage ceremony shall be duly and regularly performed between Miss Dorothy Whitney and Rodney Blake. In consideration of twenty thousand dollars a year, the said Rodney Blake agrees to waive all rights and privileges of a husband. To live in a separate part of the house; in public to accompany his wife at all social gatherings at her directions." Married to a beautiful girl of whom he knows nothing, sacrificing himself for the love of his mother, Rodney Blake faces a new world. Six months after the marriage of Dorothy and Rodney, we find Thorn and his wife living a strange life. Weak and sick, Thorn is an invalid, with but a short life before him. He is attended by a wife who shows her unwillingness to wait on him. Physicians are consulted and advise a blood transfusion to restore him to strength and health. They advertise for a healthy man to sacrifice himself for the cause, with a one thousand dollar cash payment for the sacrifice. Living in a separate wing of Dorothy's home Rodney and his mother, surrounded by wealth, live a quiet and uneventful life. Rodney looks at himself in a mirror, and sees himself as he was when he was happiest, as a laborer, earning an honest dollar. In the main body of the mansion Dorothy lives a languid, wasteful existence, attended by her maids. An invitation to attend a social affair, a lawn party, prompts her to summon her husband to attend her. The afternoon arriving, Dorothy and Rodney are surrounded by the rich upstarts and brainless, ill-bred rich. Rodney stands aloof from all. Dorothy sees this and for a brief second she shows a spark of what might be love, or admiration for the man who calls her wife in name only. Returning home, Rodney shows his disgust for the life. and. having to date received one thousand dollars of Dorothy's money, stands utterly ashamed of his dependency. He takes his old clothes and sinks in a chair in thought. A newspaper advertisement for a well and healthy man prompts him to answer it. Seeing his way clear to return the one thousand dollars of Dorothy's money, and so free himself from the mill-stone about his neck. Rodney, in his old working clothes, goes forth in the night. In the beautiful garden Dorothy sees Rodney leave. She believes he is going back to the life he came from and admires his spirit. Following him to the house of Thorn, Rodney enters and is accepted for the blood transfusion. Dorothy follows, and comes face to face with Rodney and Thorn, and his wife, Evelyn. But too late, Thorn passes away. Rodney leads Dorothy away, and in the garden surrounding Oak Crest, in the light of the moon, a new love is born, and the shades of night close upon two lovers. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis See less
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Sydney Ayres (scenario)
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Updated Feb 4, 1915

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Feb 4, 1915 (United States)

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Sydney Ayres
Rodney Blake Rodney Blake   See fewer
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Doris Pawn
Dorothy Whitney Dorothy Whitney   See fewer
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May Benson
Mrs. Blake (as Mary Elinor 'Mother' Benson) Mrs. Blake (as Mary Elinor 'Mother' Benson)   See fewer
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Val Paul
Gordon Thorn Gordon Thorn   See fewer
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Wilbur Higby
Doctor Willing Doctor Willing   See fewer
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Beatrice Van
Evelyn Day Evelyn Day   See fewer
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Scott R. Beal
Doctor Willing's Assistant Doctor Willing's Assistant   See fewer
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Hylda Hollis
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