This drama, like many of its contemporaries, has slightly allegorical pretensions, beginning with the name of the title character -- I.M. Mann. Mann (Al Filson) is the president of a huge corporation and, as the film title implies, is as cold-hearted as they get. When a cashier shows up late to work because he was taking care of his dying wife, Mann refuses to hear any explanations and fires him. The cashier complains at union headquarters. By now, the laborers have reached their limit and they threaten a strike. Mann retaliates by threatening to shut down his factories. The cashier then goes to Mann's wife and wins her over. She leaves her cruel husband and refuses to come back until his treatment of the workers improve. Union members and strike breakers battle it out and Mann is wounded by one of the rioters. As he lay in bed, he has Death on one side and Conscience on the other. He fights off Death easily, but Conscience (who is depicted here as a pretty, ethereal girl) pesters him as recovers. Finally she wins out and Mann gives in to all the workers demands, rehires his cashier, and his wife returns to him.
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