Brand's Daughter (1917)

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Alethea Brand (Julia Beaubian) is in love with Spencer Rutherford (R. Henry Grey), a cashier at the bank her father (Daniel Gilfether) owns. But Roger Brand insists that Rutherford must have a fortune equal to Alethea's before they can marry. Baron Norvinsk (Melvin Mayo) comes to town with his sister, Paula (Kathleen Kirkham) and they open an account at Brand's bank. The baron claims to represent Russian royalty and Brand is impressed enough to give him a half million dollar loan (worth many times that in those days!). But Alethea's French maid (Gloria Payton) reveals that the Baron and his sister are impostors. It's too late to stop him from getting the loan, but Alethea manages to entice the baron into the safety deposit vault of the bank. Rutherford, who is helping her, is called away and a detective closes the vault, locking Alethea and the Baron together. Rutherford, however, returns with Brand in time to save Alethea from any harm. Because he has saved Brand a half million dollars, Rutherford asserts that he has earned the amount of Alethea's fortune, and Brand agrees. To save the Baron from a life in Siberia, Paula kills him.