The Bridge of Shadows (1913)

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Like its immediate predecessor The Conscience Fund, the Selig three-reeler Bridge of Shadows was hokey in the extreme. The story is set in Cincinnati, where the Ohio River overflows its embankments and floods the town. Among the businesses affected by the deluge is the Edmunds Insurance Company. After the building has dried out, the head of the insurance firm orders his trusted chief clerk to seek out the company's financial ledgers. Alas, the boss dies of a sudden heart attack, thus the clerk is arrested as a looter. He is cleared of the charge, but his good name has been permanently besmirched. At the same time, the daughter of the clerk's late boss has been reduced to poverty and is likewise now a social pariah. On the verge of suicide, the hero and heroine "find" one another, vowing to start life afresh.