The Uphill Path (1918)

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Although she wasn't as well known as Clara Kimball Young or Pauline Frederick, Catherine Calvert was a highly respected dramatic actress both onscreen and on-stage (her screen career was actually quite brief, lasting a scant five years). Here, as Ruth Travers, she is weighed down with troubles when her uncle and guardian, Howard Mason (Frank Beamish), embezzles her fortune. To avoid detection, he tries to marry Ruth off to Gilbert Hilton (Charles Craig), but Ruth runs off with Chadwick Blake (Dudley Ayers) instead. Too late she discovers there is already a Mrs. Blake (Gene Lenot) and she finds herself adrift until Mason dies. Because he has won some money by gambling, Ruth has just enough to get by and she goes to a small town where she meets Daniel Clarkson, a minister (Guy Coombs). Clarkson takes a romantic interest in her, which infuriates James Lawton (Russell Simpson), who wants his own daughter, Cecily (Dorothy Dunn), to marry the minister. Blake shows up, and when Lawton finds out about Ruth's past, he is all to happy to reveal it to Clarkson. Clarkson, however, forgives her and, because he knows he will lose his pulpit, he enlists to fight in the Great War. Before being shipped off to Europe, he promises to marry Ruth when he returns.