Pit (1915)

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It only made sense that World Film released this drama based on the play by William A. Brady -- World was Brady's company. The story is pretty typical for its day. Broker Curtis Jadwin (Wilton Lackaye) has just wed pretty society miss Laura Dearborn (Gail Kane), but Jadwin is obsessed with speculation in wheat and it leads him to neglect his marriage and his wife. When her old flame Corthell (Milton Sills) shows up, they renew their friendship. Jadwin's business methods turn erratic as he becomes greedier. He argues with his partner (Alec Francis), and instead of getting a corner on the wheat market, he loses his fortune. He is also about to lose his wife, as Corthell has convinced her to run away with him. But when Jadwin arrives home, depressed and beaten, he strikes a note of sympathy in Laura. She sends Corthell away and comforts her husband. She promises to help him start life over, far away from the temptation of speculative investments.