Road of Ambition (1920)

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Silent era film exhibitors knew the real draw of handsome Conway Tearle -- "Tell the girls that Tearle looks great in overalls," trade paper Moving Picture World urged theater owners. As Bill Mathews, foreman at the Bethel Steel Works, Tearle spends quite a bit of time in the aforementioned overalls. In his spare time, the industrious Mathews works on an invention to tighten up production. One day, the works' owner, Philip Colt (Gladden James), visits his plant with Daphne Van Steer (Florence Dixon), and Mathews saves the girl from a fall. Mathews' invention makes him wealthy, and with the help of a down-on-her-luck society woman, he gains the polish he needs to move about in the higher echelons. Once again Mathews meets Daphne and falls in love with her. He offers to help her father out of his financial trouble if she marries him, and she agrees even though she doesn't love him. Colt continues to pursue Daphne after the wedding, and he follows her to a hunting lodge where she is vacationing. Mathews arrives to find Colt attacking Daphne, and gives him the thrashing he deserves. Happily, he discovers that his wife has learned to love him.



daughter, foreman, love, love-triangle, rival