The Wheel of Life (1914)

The husband and his wife live alone in the mountains, where he is working out a claim. A stranger from a distant mine is injured in the vicinity. The husband nurses him back to health. ... See full summary »

Director:

Wallace Reid

Writer:

James B. Fagan (play)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Wallace Reid ... The Prospector
Dorothy Davenport ... The Prospector's Wife
Ed Brady ... The Stranger
Frank Borzage
Lucile Wilson Lucile Wilson
John G. Blystone John G. Blystone
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The husband and his wife live alone in the mountains, where he is working out a claim. A stranger from a distant mine is injured in the vicinity. The husband nurses him back to health. During his convalescence the stranger persuades the wife to elope with him. The husband comes back to the cabin to find it empty, their baby alone. Meantime the stranger and the wife have reached the town, and he takes her to the dance halls. Time elapses. In the mountain the man's baby dies from the lack of a mother's care. Down in the village the stranger has commenced to ill-treat the wife. The man on the mountain buries the child then goes down and into the town. The stranger, in a drunken rage, kills the wife. The husband arrives too late. He takes up the body and marches the stranger away with him to the mountain. At dawn he meets the stranger as man to man and throws him from a high cliff. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Drama | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1914 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Nestor Film Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Better than the ordinary offering
21 April 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A Western melodrama, better than the ordinary offering in spite of its time-worn plot. The miner takes an injured stranger into his home, who repays him by running off with his wife. The latter becomes a fast woman and in the end is killed with a blow from a bottle in a saloon. The husband at the last hurries the wife beside her baby and hurls the false friend over a cliff. A strong offering of this particular type. - The Moving Picture World, January 31, 1914


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