David Garrick (1916)

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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

In this adaptation of the play David Garrick (one of several versions), Dustin Farnum plays the title character. Garrick is an actor in mid-18th century London. While he is performing in Romeo and Juliet at Drury Lane, he sees Ada Ingot (Winifred Kingston) sitting in one of the boxes, and they become smitten with each other. He spends months searching for her, not realizing that she is the daughter of Simon Ingot, a wealthy merchant (Herbert Standing). So when Ingot comes to him complaining that his daughter must be rid of her infatuation, he agrees. When he attends the dinner party at Ingot's home and realizes that it is Ada who he must discourage, he still goes ahead with the agreement by pretending to become drunk, which disgusts her. But he also winds up in a duel the next morning with one of the other guests, who had insulted the girl. Ada discovers the truth and goes to Garrick. Her father, realizing that he is an honorable man -- even if he is an actor -- gives his assent to their betrothal.