Jim, the Penman (1915)

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Stage star John Mason makes his first screen appearance in this adaptation of the play by Sir Charles L. Young. Jim Ralston (Mason) has a modest job as a bank cashier and he watches in frustration as his assistant, Louis Percival (Harold Lockwood), wins Nina, the girl he loves (Marguerite Leslie). To add insult to injury, Percival then inherits a fortune. But Ralston has a talent for forgery, so he writes Nina a letter, supposedly from Percival, saying that their engagement is off. So Ralston marries her himself, and he continues forging with the help of his partner, Baron Hartfield (Russell Bassett). After amassing great wealth through his illicit ways, things come to a head when he and Hartfield rob Lord Drelincourt (William Roselle) of a valuable necklace. Ralston finds out that Drelincourt is engaged to his daughter; not only that, but Percival and a detective are both onto him. Then his wife discovers the truth. On his daughter's wedding day, Ralston has an argument with Hartfield and drops dead of heart failure. Lionel Barrymore played Jim Ralston in the 1921 remake of this film.