"Love of money is the root of all evil." That's the message conveyed to the audience with the subtlety of a sledgehammer in The Gilded Highway. This is the story of the Welby family: Papa (Macklyn Arbuckle), Mama (Florence Turner), daughter Primrose (Dorothy Devore) and son Jack (John Harron). The Welbys are shaken out of their middle-class complacency when Papa inherits a fortune. Soon everyone in the clan is behaving atrociously, alienating their old friends with their snobbish and avaricious ways. The only way the Welbys realize the errors of their ways is by losing all their money in one fell swoop. Based on a novel by William Babington Maxwell, The Gilded Highway is one of a handful of American films directed by British cinema pioneer J. Stuart Blackton.
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