Veteran Biograph leading man/director Wilfred Lucas essays the title role in Hell-to-Pay Austin. A rough-and-tumble lumberman, Austin nonetheless has a sentimental side. When the minister father of winsome Briar Rose (Bessie Love) dies of excessive drinking, the girl is unofficially adopted by Austin and his fellow timber jockeys. Her influence transforms old "Hell-to-Pay" from a carouser-brawler to a pious Christian. And of course, once Briar Rose reaches marrying age, she takes Austin as a husband. If Hell-to-Pay Austin were available today, it might prove an eye-opener to film fans who remember Wilfred Lucas only as the stentorian prison warden in Laurel & Hardy's Pardon Us (1931).
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