Three Black Trumps (1915)

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James Street, who plays a steeplejack in this picture, was actually a steeplejack in real life. Robert Clark (Street) saves a pretty girl (Elsie Strang) from a burning house, and the pair start seeing each other. But her parents don't approve because they feel that Clark, a mere steeplejack and chimney sweep, is below them in station. The couple ignore them and elope, but they fall on hard times when their baby is born. When Clark tries to clean one of the city's tallest chimneys he loses his ladder and winds up hanging from the chimney's top as it belches smoke. Firefighters fail to rescue him, so his wife does it herself. While he is recovering, she works up a vaudeville act that includes both of them and their child, now five years old (Louis Ducles). Their scaling act, called "the Three Black Trumps," is a hit and when they return to the wife's hometown, they reconcile with her father (S. Courtland DeWitt) who softens after seeing his grandson.