Another assembly-line effort from the Edison company, Life's a Game of Cards at least demonstrated some ingenuity in its plotting. The story concerns two rivals over the affections of a pretty young heiress. The suitors decide to settle their differences with a card game, but this notion comes to an unpleasant end when one player accuses the other of cheating. An elopement, abduction and renunciation follows in quick succession. The most clever aspect of the film was its use of card terminology in its subtitles: For example, a scene in which one suitor hits the other over the head is preceded by the caption "Clubs Are Trumps," while a climactic moment wherein a pair of ditch-diggers unearth a necklace previously stolen from the heroine is heralded with the subtitle "Spades are Trumps."
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