Pasquale (1916)

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Stage and screen favorite George Beban served up another of his famous ethnic characterizations in the Paramount five-reeler Pasquale. Arriving in America, middle-aged Italian peasant Pasquale (Beban) opens up a store in the tenement district. He scrimps and saves against the day that his much-younger ward Margarita (Helen Jerome Eddy) will consent to be his wife. Alas, Margarita chooses Charlie Larkin (Jack Nelson) as her husband, leaving Pasquale to shrug philosophically about the whims of fate. When Italy enters WWI, Pasquale is called back to his homeland to serve in the Army. He leaves his store in the hands of Margarita and Charlie, confident that they will keep the business humming. But during Pasquale's absence, Charlie develops into a drunken wife-beater; even worse, he mistreats Pasquale's beloved horse Colombo. Wounded in battle, Pasquale returns to New York in the company of his best friend and comrade-in-arms Martinelli (Nigel De Brulier), whereupon they discover that Mrs. Martinelli (Myrtle Steadman) has been unfaithful, and no-good Charlie has been blackmailing her. Upon the sudden and violent deaths of Charlie and Mrs. Martinelli's lover, all is set aright: The Martinellis are reunited, and the widowed Margarita finally accepts Pasquale's proposal.