Cohen's Luck (1915)

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This comedy-drama about the adventures of the Cohen family is based on the play by Lee Arthur. Abe Cohen (William Wadsworth) works in a Lower East Side sweatshop, and as president of the buttonhole makers' union, he backs a candidate who is not friendly to his boss. As a result he is fired, but Murphy, the candidate he supported, helps him get a start in the restaurant business. Business is not very good but Cohen gets lucky when he, along with a friend, Mrs. McGee, win ten thousand dollars in a lottery. After spending most of the film chasing after an unacceptable young man, Abe's daughter, Minnie (Viola Dana), settles down with someone who meets her father's approval. With the release of this picture, Edison began putting out four-reelers on a regular basis -- feature (or five-reel) films were still on their way to gaining widespread acceptance.