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The Hermit's Secret (1915)

Short | Short, Western

While making a clearance of trees, Dan McGwire's wife, Nellie, is felled. Dan, unable to secure a doctor, revives her only to find that the blow has destroyed her reason. A party of tourists one day hear the sad story and one of them ...See moreWhile making a clearance of trees, Dan McGwire's wife, Nellie, is felled. Dan, unable to secure a doctor, revives her only to find that the blow has destroyed her reason. A party of tourists one day hear the sad story and one of them insists that Nellie be placed in an asylum. The thought fills Dan with horror. They leave to notify the village authorities, and Dan, fearful of their return, departs with the childlike Nellie to a distant village. In a cave on the lonesome mountainside they make their home and Dan becomes a hermit. He becomes a trapper and while looked upon as peculiar by the village people, closely guards his secret and meanwhile piles up a sum of money. Christmas eve Dan makes purchase in the village store of dolls and feminine finery, and being taunted by one of the loafers, a fight is narrowly averted. Two of them follow the mountaineer, but engage in a drunken brawl and suspicion immediately points to Dan. Thinking they have discovered his secret Dan repels the sheriff with a fusillade of shots. In helping Nellie to escape, he miscalculates her distance and she falls to the ground unconscious. When the sheriff's posse enter they find Dan bending over the unconscious woman and he tells the skeptical officers his story. He is thrown in jail. After an operation in the village, Nellie's reason is restored. The day of the trial, while Nellie is hurrying down the mountainside to be present she trips over a bush and discovers the gun of the village loafer with his initials cut into it. Nellie rushes to the courtroom and after a dramatic scene is freed, while the guilty man is placed in jail and the happy couple take up their abode in the quiet village. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis See less
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Lindsay J. Hall
Dan McGuire Dan McGuire   See fewer
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Marie Reynolds
Nellie McGuire Nellie McGuire   See fewer
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E.P. Evers
Jed Black (as Ernest Evers) Jed Black (as Ernest Evers)   See fewer
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Henry Stanley
Bluth - Jed's Friend (as H. Stanley) Bluth - Jed's Friend (as H. Stanley)   See fewer
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