In the terminology of the railroad industry, "Rule G" was the one relating to drunkenness on the job. Put simply, any railroad employee caught with liquor on his breath was summarily dismissed. The reasons behind this hard-and-fast rule were deftly illustrated in this five-reel effort from the Blazon Film Company. The picture opens as several railroad machine-shop employees while away their lunch hour at a local saloon. In the course of their revelry, a young worker is knocked out in a fight and revived with liquor. Unaccustomed to alcoholic stimulants, the unfortunate young fellow stumbles into the machine shop and is crushed to death by a gam wheel. After this and several other on-the-job tragedies, railroad troubleshooter Silent Smith is brought in to cut down on the consumption of booze. Smith's investigation results in the establishment of Rule G, which spells the end for several saloons along the railway routes. Working in concert, a disgruntled saloon owner and a fired employee conspire to murder Silent Smith, leading to the obligatory runaway locomotive climax. Rule G was filmed with the full cooperation of the Southern Pacific Railroad, obviously in exchange for plenty of product placement throughout the picture.
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