Broken Commandments (1919)

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Nella Banard (Gladys Brockwell) has been temporarily left alone in her cabin home by her parents (Spottiswood Aitken and Margaret McWade). While they are in the city, two escaped convicts come seeking shelter. One insults Nella, and the other, "Sporting Chance" Austin (William Scott), chases him away. Austin has been serving time for a crime he did not commit, and he and Nella develop a strong attraction for each other. They spend the night together and Austin leaves in search of a preacher. But he is caught and sent back to jail. Nella waits in vain for him, and then because she is pregnant, she agrees to marry a writer who she is working for as a secretary. Three years pass, and the writer goes to the prison in search of material and meets Austin. He is finally about to be released, and when the writer hears his sad story, he agrees to bring him home. He has no idea that Austin and his wife are acquainted, but he finds out. The two men debate who has the right to Amy, and Austin, who is a gambler, suggests they roll dice for her. The writer agrees, but Austin, who is determined to lose for the sake of Amy and his child, uses loaded dice. The writer, of course, wins, and Austin takes his leave.