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The Stranger and the Taxicab (1912)

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True love never runs smooth as the saying goes, and this is the case with Harry and his sweetheart Rose. The trouble begins when he declines to take Rose to a ball and she decides to go alone. The night of the ball he fancies she may be dancing with some unknown rival and determines to attend the ball in order to satisfy bis suspicions. Sure enough he finds her accompanied by a most attentive young man. Harry becomes insanely jealous, the supposed rival however being only Rose's brother, home on a visit, and unknown to Harry. Rose noticing Harry's jealousy tantalizes him by keeping up the deception and concealing her brother's identity. Rose and her brother decide to go home in a taxi and Harry, who has been planning revenge, now sees an opportunity of carrying out his plans by bribing the chauffeur to change places with him and thus enable him to drive to some lonely spot and administer a sound thrashing to his hated rival. Without turning to look at his passengers Harry drives off at a furious rate of speed and when at last they halt Harry is astounded to discover that his passengers are Rose's parents instead of Rose and his rival. The old folks indignantly refuse to ride any further with him and walk home. Meanwhile Rose and her brother start for home in another automobile which later breaks down. Harry by chance happens to come across them and offers to tow them home, where, upon arrival he recognizes them but they enter the house before he can administer the intended thrashing. The following day the matter is cleared up by a note from Rose which reads: "Dear Harry: I ought never to forgive you but perhaps I was a little at fault myself. My brother, who was with me last night, says so anyway. Come quick. Rose." Suffice it to say he loses no time in reaching his sweetheart's house and once more true love runs smooth. Written By Moving Picture World synopsis  Less

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