In the Glare of the Lights (1914)

Genres - Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Release Date - Oct 10, 1914 (USA)  |   Run Time - 33 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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The Ladies' World magazine held a writing contest and the winning entries were made into films by Essanay Studios. Ironically, Francis X. Bushman, who was one of cinema's first matinee idols, plays a man who aspires to be an actor: Although Bushman's Glen Duval works in a steel mill, he has ambitions for the stage. Joe Brandigan, who works in the same mill, views Duval with suspicion because his sweetheart, Martha, has a soft spot for him. But Duval isn't the least bit interested in Martha -- in fact, he's far more attracted to actress Wanda Dawson (Lillian Drew), whom he discovers lying unconscious by the railroad tracks. She had become lost after the train left without her, and Duval takes her home so his aunt can care for her. That night, he tells her of his desire to become an actor and she has her manager place him with her theatrical company. Although Duval falls in love with Wanda, he is afraid to tell her. Then his big opportunity comes -- the leading man can't go on, and Duval is asked to take his place. His performance is a success, but when he goes to Wanda he finds her with the supposedly absent leading man, who has just asked her to star in a new play he is producing. Duval mistakes Wanda's grateful hug for something else, and goes back to the mills.

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actor, steelworker