The Plum Tree (1914)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama, Romantic Drama  |   Release Date - Sep 19, 1914 (USA)  |   Run Time - 33 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Ladies World magazine held a contest in which they ran several mystery stories. The winners had to come up with the best ending for each tale, and instead of running the result in print, each story was filmed by Essanay. This picture was the first winner. Craig Ewell (Francis X. Bushman) is in love with Alice Graham (Beverly Bayne -- actually Bushman was in love with Bayne in real life and he would divorce his wife to wed her). But Ewell has a rival in Norris Griggs. To get Ewell out of the way, Griggs gets him embroiled in a train robbery. As a result, Ewell goes to jail and Griggs marries Alice. After ten years Ewell is released and he heads for the West Coast, where Griggs has become involved in the financial doings of the Mexican revolution. Through watching the rebel ships, Ewell finds out about their schemes, and gives the alarm. The Federales and the rebels fight, and Ewell finds himself in hand-to-hand combat with Griggs. The two men don't recognize each other, but Griggs is mortally injured. Ewell takes him to a padre, where he confesses his part in the train robbery. Ewell and Griggs finally recognize each other just before Griggs dies. Ewell goes to Alice, and the two are finally reunited.

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love-triangle, Mexico, parade, revolution, train-robbery