My Partner (1916)

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Bartley Campbell was a playwright who was famous for his overwrought, old time melodramas. One of them, The White Slave, contained this tongue twister: "Rags are royal raiments when worn for virtue's sake!" Another play he wrote around the same time was My Partner, and this is the film version. Joe Saunders (Burr McIntosh) is a miner who, although beloved by the townsfolk, is not necessarily a great judge of character. He takes on a young partner who wins the heart of the girl he loves, then takes advantage of her. Saunders packs up and leaves, but before going, he insists that his partner marry the girl. But the partner is murdered, and Saunders is accused of the crime. During the trial, he marries the girl, who is still grieving over the death of her lover. Saunders is convicted, but Wing Lee (John Leach), a Chinese servant, reveals circumstantial evidence that clears him. Saunders and the girl finally find happiness together.