An Image of the Past (1915)

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Young heiress Jessie Curtis (Signe Auen) is disowned by her wealthy father (Charles Cosgrave) after she elopes with artist Jack Dexter (J.H. Allen). A decade later, Dexter is ailing and his wife and three children are destitute. The youngsters dress up in masks and costumes and sing in the streets for money. When they perform outside their grandfather's home, he invites them in, listens to their story, and promises to help them and their parents -- still unaware that they are his own grandchildren. One of the kids notices a painting of Jessie, which Dexter had made from a photo of her as a child, on commission from Mr. Curtis. He asks why there is a picture of his sister in the house, and Curtis sees that the little girl, unmasked, is the image of his own daughter. The children take him back to their home, where he is reunited with Jessie and saves her family. Note actress Signe Auen, who changed her name to Seena Owen by the following year, when she played The Princess Beloved in the Babylonian sequence of D.W. Griffith's classic Intolerance. 15/1rl