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American Born (1913)

Short | 22 min | Short, Drama

The dying mother, tells her only child, an orphan, of the wealth and power of her family and of her royal blood. Guided by the honesty of an old Indian servant, Dorothy, known in America as Pepita, the orphan, goes to Europe to see for the...See moreThe dying mother, tells her only child, an orphan, of the wealth and power of her family and of her royal blood. Guided by the honesty of an old Indian servant, Dorothy, known in America as Pepita, the orphan, goes to Europe to see for the first time her relatives. It is in the House of Danvers that she first meets Richard Danvers, the elder son of the Earl of Danvers. It is a case of love at first sight. The Earl of Danvers does not depend solely upon his heritage, being an inventor of great ability. His invention of a new X-ray machine is, in the opening part of the story, unsuccessful. This, combined with the degeneracy of his younger son, brings failure and ruin to the respected Earl of Danvers and his family. Richard, the elder son, is engaged to Dorothy, and is forced, through financial ruin, to break the engagement. He goes to America to seek his fortune in the mines. Dorothy's great love for Richard and her wonderful knowledge of the big American country Richard is going to, prompts her to follow her sweetheart. She engages passage on the same steamer and boards the same train, unbeknown to her lover. She precedes him in the big open country, and changing her pretty traveling dress for the picturesque Indian dress of her girlhood days, she encounters many thrilling experiences. Upon Richard's arrival in the mining country, he purchases an outfit to try his luck as a prospector, and at a psychological moment confronts Dorothy fighting for her life in the hands of a Western desperado. Richard, breaking into the door of the cabin, saves Dorothy, known only as Pepita. Dorothy at no time gives any sign of recognition to Richard. Love dominates and the finale brings the lovers together in their English estates, success to the Earl of Danvers in his invention and the degeneracy of the younger son strengthens and develops into supreme manhood. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis See less
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Dec 1, 1913 (United States)

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Sydney Ayres
Richard Danvers Richard Danvers   See fewer
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Vivian Rich
Dorothy Travers aka Pepita Dorothy Travers aka Pepita   See fewer
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Jack Richardson
Dick Travers Dick Travers   See fewer
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Harry von Meter
Topelo - an Old Indian Topelo - an Old Indian   See fewer
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Jacques Jaccard
The Earl of Danvers The Earl of Danvers   See fewer
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Charles Cummings
Charles Danvers Charles Danvers   See fewer
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Louise Lester
Lady Sybil Lady Sybil   See fewer
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Mrs. Coxen
Lady Sybil's Mother Lady Sybil's Mother   See fewer
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Chick Morrison
Tom Andrews (as Charles Morrison) Tom Andrews (as Charles Morrison)   See fewer
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Charlotte Burton
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