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  • The Sergeant's Stripes (1908)
  • Short | Short, Drama
The Sergeant's Stripes (1908)
Short | Short, Drama

A group of officers stands outside of the station, where the wife of one of the men sits with her family and chats while she is engaged in caring for her little ones. After the men depart, a poor old tramp comes along, and in her goodness ...See moreA group of officers stands outside of the station, where the wife of one of the men sits with her family and chats while she is engaged in caring for her little ones. After the men depart, a poor old tramp comes along, and in her goodness of heart she gives him some food, which he carries away with him. Presently the woman goes for a walk with her children, and as she is passing along the road she discovers the same old fellow in distress, for he has been attacked by another tramp, who took the food from him and left him helpless by the roadside. The woman calls to the police, and they set out in search of the culprit. They find him in a field, devouring the stolen provisions, and when they are about to place him under arrest he seizes a sickle and strikes one of the officers (the husband of the aforesaid woman), cutting his arm badly. They take him to the lock-up, and as they are passing through the yard where the woman is at work, she recognizes the fellow as an old sweetheart of hers, who strayed from the beaten path of life. He does not recognize her, however, but it grieves her beyond measure to see him in trouble, and knowing that she was the one who caused his arrest, she makes up her mind to free him. That night, when her husband is asleep, she takes out a box and reads over some of her old love letters, and as memories are awakened her heart becomes softened: so taking a file from her husband's tool chest and some money from her purse, she steals out of the house and goes to the place where the unfortunate is locked up. Through a little hole in the door she drops the file and the money, and returns to the side of her injured husband without being seen. The fellow forces the lock and makes his escape, leaving the file on the ground near the door. In the morning, when the watchman makes his round, they discover that their prisoner has flown, and among the officers who hasten to the place is the woman's husband, who recognizes the file. He goes to his wife, and when he accuses her she makes a clean breast of the affair; and knowing that she did no wrong, hands him a revolver to shoot her if he thinks that she is guilty. She also shows him the old letter, and at this juncture some officers enter and present the husband with honorary stripes for his bravery, and when they are gone he takes his wife in his arms and assures her that he has implicit confidence in her fidelity. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis See less
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