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Life's Lottery (1914)

Short | Short, Drama

Boy Bryant, son of Henry Bryant, a retired businessman, spends his time and father's money in lobster palaces with actresses and their "hangers-on." He has become so dissolute that his father is obliged to limit his allowance. Edna Lane, a...See moreBoy Bryant, son of Henry Bryant, a retired businessman, spends his time and father's money in lobster palaces with actresses and their "hangers-on." He has become so dissolute that his father is obliged to limit his allowance. Edna Lane, a refined girl, is having a hard time to support herself by sewing. Her principal associates are Joy Porter, a crippled child who lives in the same tenement with her mother, another sweatshop worker. Upon leaving the tenement to return her week's sewing, Edna is implored by the child to bring her a flower. Edna promises that she will have her wish and visits a florist to buy a plant. As she is about to pay for it she discovers that she has lost her money. Young Bryant, joy riding with a couple of actresses, has stopped at the florist to buy violets. He witnesses Edna's distress and relieves it by offering to lend her money to pay for her purchase. She accepts and gives Bryant her name and address. He gives her a fictitious address in turn. Later Bryant thinks much of Edna and decides if possible to add her to his list of conquests. He visits her in her tenement home, but is not able to persuade her to travel the primrose path. Then Roy's father, tired of the son's prodigality, decides to send him to Arizona where an old rancher has promised to "make a man of him." After the boy's departure the old man is left with only the family butler for a companion. Walking through the park the father, who is afflicted with gout, leaves his cane beside a bench. He misses it, and berates the butler, who angrily "throws up" his job. The old man is left alone on the street. Meanwhile Edna's crippled friend has died; the mother has moved away and she is left friendless. She attempts to find Roy at the address he gave her, but discovers it is a vacant lot. On her way home she comes upon the old man and assists him home. He asks her to stay with him. Roy, in the west, freed from bad influence, has proven that he is a real man. As time goes on he thinks of the girl of the tenement and discovers that he is in love. He writes her a letter proposing marriage, but it goes to the address from which she has moved. Finally his father, who has discovered the good qualities of the girl, decides she is just the one to be his son's wife and wires him to return at once, telling him that he has picked out the girl he shall marry. The boy returns, but is angry over his father's attempt to dictate. The father is obstinate, brings them together, and leaves them. Then for the first time they realize how acceptable father's choice really is and without telling him their secret inform him that he shall have his own way about the matter. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis See less
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John B. O'Brien (as J.B. O'Brien)
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May 22, 1914 (United States)

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Tom Forman
Roy Bryant Roy Bryant   See fewer
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Velma Whitman
Edna Lane Edna Lane   See fewer
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