Mongrel and Master (1914)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Release Date - May 16, 1914 (USA)  |   Run Time - 33 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Granite-jawed matinee idol Francis X. Bushman (misidentified as "Francis Bushnell" by the Variety reviewer) was the star of the Essanay three-reeler Mongrel and Master. While busily burglarizing a home one evening, a young thief (Bushman) spots a photograph of the homeowner's pretty daughter -- and immediately decides to give up his wicked ways. The ex-thief devotes himself to honest labor, soon becoming secretary to the very lawyer whose house he'd attempted to rob. On the verge of becoming mayor, the lawyer's political future is threatened when his clerk's criminal past comes to light. But it is the clerk who sets things right at the end, foiling the villains and winning the girl in one fell swoop. But one question remains at fade-out time: what in the heck was the meaning of the film's title?



criminal, daughter, photograph, politician, thief