Derelict (1917)

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In his first "above the title" starring picture, Stuart Holmes plays Teddy Brant, the irresponsible husband of Rose Hare (Mary Martin). Fed up with Brant's wild ways, Rose finally divorces him, whereupon he immediately goes into a financial and emotional tailspin. In the ensuing years, Brant becomes a seedy derelict, while Rose marries a wealthy man so that she can afford the expensive private-school education for her beloved daughter Claire (June Daye). Years pass: While changing trains at a big-city railroad depot, Claire loses her pocketbook and begins to cry. An old, shabby-looking railroad porter offers the girl a shoulder to weep on. The old man does not reveal that he is actually Claire's long-lost father until the climax, in which, at the cost of his own life, he rescues the girl from the clutches of a rapacious millionaire.