The Golden Fetter (1917)

Faith Miller, a school teacher, inherits ten thousand dollars. Edson, McGill and Slade, three enterprising crooks, own the Moonflower, a worthless mine. Slade goes east to unload and ... See full summary »


Edward LeSaint (as Edward J. Le Saint)


Cast overview:
Wallace Reid ... James Roger Ralston
Anita King ... Faith Miller
Tully Marshall ... Henry Slade
Guy Oliver ... Edson
Walter Long ... McGill
Mrs. Lewis McCord Mrs. Lewis McCord ... Big Annie
Clarence Geldart ... Flynn (as C.H. Geldert)
Lawrence Peyton Lawrence Peyton ... Buck Hanson (as Larry Peyton)
Lucien Littlefield ... Pete


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Faith Miller, a school teacher, inherits ten thousand dollars. Edson, McGill and Slade, three enterprising crooks, own the Moonflower, a worthless mine. Slade goes east to unload and hearing of Faith's good fortune, she falls an easy prey, buying a share in the mine for nine thousand dollars. Advised by friends to take a rest, Faith goes to inspect her mine. Arriving at the town, she is insultingly approached and the man who has annoyed her is knocked down by Jim Ralston, a young mining engineer. She goes to the home of Big Annie, who tells her that the mine is worthless. The miners, touched by her beauty and helplessness, engage her to teach their school, the only available pupils being Pete, a half-wit, and Jim, who is held in connection with a hold-up committed by Edson and McGill. At first Jim rebels, but when he sees the teacher, he becomes a willing student. Faith recognizes him as her protector. Jim conceives the idea of salting the mine, and wires Slade to the effect that the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Romance | Western

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The author's strong point is character drawing
2 February 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

Jim Ralston, a western mining engineer, and Faith Miller, a New England school teacher, are the characters played by Wallace Reid and Anita King in "The Golden Fetter," a five-reel Lasky photoplay written by Charles T. Jackson. The author's strong point is character drawing. He has peopled his play with an interesting assortment of human beings, several of them endowed with a well-developed sense of humor and able to furnish ample comedy relief to the sterner moments of the picture. These are often highly dramatic and end with an attempt to hang the hero, who is saved by the little school teacher telling the truth at the risk of compromising her good name. A worthless mine, in which she has invested nine thousand dollars, is the cause of the trouble and the means of her coming west. Right here, it is only fair to warn Charles T. Jackson that persons acquainted with the New England character are going to find it a little difficult to believe in Faith Miller's mine deal. Massachusetts school ma'ams are a cautious set, where money is concerned, and would require a good deal of "showing" before investing nine thousand dollars in a silver mine on the word of a stranger. Once Faith Miller makes such a move, her conduct, after she meets the mining engineer, is just what a spirited young woman would consider was right in the line of her duty, and she deserves to marry the man she saves and live happy ever afterward. The atmosphere in all the scenes, out West and down East, is preserved with fidelity, the acting of the entire cast having much to do with this result. Wallace Reid looks and acts Jim Ralston with equal success, and Anita King makes the school teacher a most likable young woman. Tully Marshall sustains his past reputation as the "slick villain" of the drama, and Guy Oliver and Walter Long play a pair of second heavies that come very close to being the real thing. Mrs. Lewis McCord fills every specification laid down for the part of the warm-hearted Irishwoman Big Annie, and C.H. Gelder, Larry Payton and Lucien Littlefield are a trio of sure 'nuff Westerners. – The Moving Picture World, February 10, 1917

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25 January 1917 (USA) See more »

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