Sins of Men (1916)

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In his long screen career, Stuart Holmes played everything from romantic leads to 2-reel comedy villains to gray-haired bit parts. Holmes was afforded top billing in Fox's The Sins of Men, in which he was cast as George Marvin, who in later years might have been a suitable Ayn Rand hero. A disciple of "The Creed of Selfishness," Marvin is dedicated to gratifying his own needs and desires at the expense of everyone else. The creator of this creed is German philosopher Wilhelm Schumann (Tom Burrough, who comes to a sorry end when a grieving father, angered that Marvin has seduced his daughter, storms into Schumann's home and shoots the old man dead. The last-reel revelation that the entire story was a bad dream undoubtedly disappointed many hardcore melodrama fans.