Man from Nowhere (1916)

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This Universal Studios melodrama gave King Baggot a juicy role. Jim Herron (Baggot) comes home to Virginia to find that his sister Betty (Irene Hunt) is being wooed by Antonio Gaudio (Joseph Granby), a questionable foreigner. The couple run away together, and Herron follows. At the hotel, he hears them arguing through the door and breaks into the room. Gaudio shoots at Herron but his bullet strikes Betty instead. He escapes, and because of circumstantial evidence, Herron is convicted of killing his own sister. In prison Herron distinguishes himself by rescuing the governor, Dudley Ward (Joseph W. Gerard), during an attempted escape by some cons. He is made a trustee, and Ward's grateful daughter Ruth (Helen Marten) gives him a carrier pigeon. Meanwhile, Gaudio has been posing as a count and cheating other gamblers at cards. One of his victims is Ward's son Larry (Johnny Walker), and the warden asks Herron to help in apprehending the cheat. Dressed up in an expensive suit, Herron accompanies Larry and Ruth to a club where he recognizes the count as Gaudio. He catches him cheating, and the two men wind up in a sword fight. Herron defeats Gaudio and makes him confess to Betty's murder as he is dying; Herron is released from prison and he and Ruth pursue a romance.