Drift (1914)

Genres - Drama  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Although she was quickly forgotten in the wake of Florence Lawrence and then Mary Pickford, Marion Leonard's face was a familiar one to early filmgoers. In 1914, when this picture was made, she was still popular enough to have her own production company, and this drama was one of its releases. Two men, John Evan and Thomas Barnes, are pals who live together and work at the same bank. Barnes gets a stock tip and sinks all his money into the investment, only to see his shares plummet. When he can't come up with five hundred dollars to cover his margin, he steals it from the bank. Evans, meanwhile, has been playing cards -- and losing -- at a party held by Marion Hartley (Leonard). He comes home and begs Barnes for some more cash, promising to return it at the end of the night. Barnes gives him two hundred dollars, but Marion wins this from Evans, too. She won't listen to Evans' pleas to return it, even when he fibs that he stole the money from the bank. Barnes, meanwhile, has taken the money left over and fled. Evans returns home to find a burglar; during their ensuins struggle a fire breaks out and Evans is forced to leave the unconscious crook behind. When the charred body is found, it is assumed to be Barnes. Evans is arrested for stealing the funds and sent to jail on Marion's testimony; Barnes changes his name and believes he is a free man. Later, while vacationing, Marion and Barnes meet, fall in love and marry. Only later does she realize that Barnes is the man who actually stole the bank's money. Even though he is her husband, Marion does the right thing and turns him in.