His Last Dollar (1914)

Genres - Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The direction of 1914's His Last Dollar has often been attributed to D.W. Griffith. However, since Griffith was preoccupied with such trivialities as The Birth of a Nation at the time, it is likely that he merely supervised the film, handing the directorial reins to Frank Powell. Venerable stage star David Higgins does his best to impersonate a very young man who leaves his frontier home for New York. Though wealthy, Higgins is soon reduced to penury by a gang of con men. Left with only a dollar, Higgins takes a chance at the race track, and guess what happens next? Aw, you peeked. Running a brisk 4 reels (approximately 50 minutes), His Last Dollar was based on a stage play co-written by star David Higgins and Baldwin G. Cooke (could this have been the same Baldwin Cooke who was once the vaudeville partner of Stan Laurel? No.)

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city-life, fortune [wealth], racer, winner