Child of God (1915)

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Considering the title and the plotline to this picture, it's no surprise that its author, Cyrus Townsend Brady, was a man of the cloth. Nevertheless, its spiritual overtones don't mask the fact that it's pretty standard melodramatic fare. Sam, a rowdy ranchman (Sam de Grasse) falls in love with Frances, a schoolteacher from the East (Francelia Billington), but she doesn't like his wild ways. Then her father calls her back home, where she learns that an old suitor of hers holds the mortgage on the family home. He'll forgive the debt if Frances will marry him While she is pondering this dilemma, her sister is also called back home. But the sister's train wrecks near Sam's home and he goes to help the survivors. The woman lay dying, but she begs a minister (Richard Cummings) to christen her baby. He does, with Sam pressed into serving as god father. Afterwards, the minister takes the baby to its grandfather's home, but the encounter convinces Sam that he should change his ways. He buys a Bible and ignores the ridicule heaped on him by his old pals. Eventually he goes East to visit the child and discovers that Frances is its aunt. When he hears about her scheming old suitor, he beats him up and sends him packing. Now that Sam has reformed, Frances decides that he is a good match for her