Synopsis by Nicole Gagne
The first film directed by the great Frank Capra is this one-reel melodrama adapted (by an uncredited Capra) from the poem The Ballad of Fisher's Boarding-House by Rudyard Kipling. The titular boarding house is also a bawdy house, where a prostitute known as Anne of Austria (Mildred Owen) plies her trade. Its downstairs is a filthy saloon filed with hard-drinking roughneck sailors, who include the good-natured Hans (Olaf Skavlan) and the vicious Luz (Oreste Seragnoli). When Anne is rejected by Salem Hardieker (Ethan Allen), she begins making angry accusations at Hans, provoking a fight between the two men. As they struggle, Hans is unexpectedly stabbed to death by Luz. The distraught Anne takes the crucifix from the dead man's neck and keeps it, renouncing her sordid profession.