You Never Know Your Luck (1919)

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Kerry (House Peters) is a young Irishman who has a fatal love for gambling. When he marries a wealthy English girl, he promises to lay off the betting, but he can't resist laying 10,000 dollars down on the Derby. He loses the nut and decides to go away until he can make the money back. Just before he leaves, he receives a note from his wife which he is sure is filled with recriminations, so he never opens it. Eventually Kerry makes his way to western Canada, where he settles under an assumed name. For five years he works to make up the money, but he becomes involved with some swindlers. When he is shot, a girl who has befriended him finally opens his wife's letter, which is anything but nasty. She cables the wife, who comes to Canada and saves an option on some land that the swindlers almost snatched away. The option clears exactly 10,000 dollars, and husband and wife are reunited. This film was based on a story by Sir Gilbert Parker. It is interesting to note that it wasn't made in Hollywood, New York, or even in Canada, where much of the action takes place -- it was shot in San Antonio, Texas.