Why Men Forget (1921)

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Although this British production featured the normally solid Milton Rosmer, plus American actress Evelyn Brent in a featured role, its production values fell way below American standards of the day. Richard Mutimer (Rosmer) is a labor leader who toils for his fellow workers. But then he inherits his uncle's fortune and his newfound wealth completely goes to his head. He forgets his values, the workers, and even his sweetheart, marrying a rich girl and accepting his life of luxury as his due. It doesn't last long, however -- the money, as it turns out, wasn't his after all and he has to give everything up. During this time, the workers have been depositing their money into Mutimer's bank. A cashier runs off with the whole sum, and the laborers form an angry mob which brutally beats Mutimer to death. The real heir to the fortune promises the workers that he will cover their losses. This drama was based on the novel, Demos, by George Gissing.

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fortune [wealth], friendship, greed, inheritance