Checkers (1919)

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This Henry M. Blossom melodrama had a long success on the stage before it was made into an action-packed, serial-like picture by Fox. When Pert Barlow (Jean Acker) was born, her father Judge Barlow (Bertram Marburgh) promised his best friend that she would marry his son, Arthur Kendall (Robert Elliott). But his plan goes awry when, as a young woman, Pert meets Checkers (Thomas J. Carrigan). To save her father from financial ruin, Checkers encourages Pert to enter her horse, Remorse, in a big race. The horse turns out to be incredibly fast, and Arthur, who has entered a horse of his own, is determined to keep Remorse out of the running. First Pert has to escape from her father's house, then she, Checkers, and Remorse wind up in a burning freight car. After narrowly escaping, Pert is imprisoned in the house of a wealthy Chinese man. Finally she and Remorse both make it to the race track, where she rides the horse to victory. Because of Checkers' help in saving the family fortune, Judge Barlow finally gives him his consent to marry Pert.