In the days when cinema was still fairly new, simple special effects were much harder to accomplish. Double exposures were a somewhat controversial novelty -- some moviegoers found them thrilling, some couldn't suspend disbelief -- but nearly every actor and actress in the 1910s wanted the creative challenge of a dual role. Here, in an adaptation of the play by George Roberts, Marc MacDermott gets his chance. Upon his death, Sir Randoph, a respected member of the peerage, gives most of his estate to his upstanding son John (MacDermott), and practically nothing to John's dissolute twin brother, Charles (also MacDermott). Charles, who is jealous of both Charles' inheritance and his romance with Lady Constance, runs out of money almost immediately. During a dispute, he kills the family attorney and is committed to an asylum. He escapes, however, and attacks John, throwing him out a window. Then Charles poses as John and prepares to wed Constance, while John is mistaken for Charles and carted off to the asylum. On the evening the wedding is to take place, there is a fire at the asylum and John escapes. He makes it home just in time and proves his true identity. Charles has a fit and dies, while John goes ahead with the wedding.
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