Way of a Man (1921)

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This romantic adventure was an experiment by Pathe, which offered it as both a nine-reel feature and as a 10-episode serial. When his father is mysteriously murdered, John Cowles (Harold Miller) finds the family finances in a bad state. He travels West to borrow money from his father's partner, Colonel Meriwether. Meriwether has a daughter, Ellen (Allene Ray), and Cowles falls in love with her but he neglects to mention that he is already engaged to marry Grace Sheraton (Kathryn Appleton) Cowles' friend, Gordon Orme (Bud Osborne), shows up, but he turns out to be no friend at all when he tells the Colonel that Cowles has a fiancee back home in Virginia. This angers Meriwether so much that he refuses the loan. Meanwhile. Cowles' mother (Florence Lee), and Grace -- who really loves Orme -- show up. Mrs. Cowles encourages her son to look for gold, and he is successful. Orme, with Grace's help, plans to rob him, but both of them are killed in a fight. It turns out that it was Orme who murdered Cowles's father.