Fires of Conscience (1914)

Two men meet in the desert. One is in search of gold and the other seeks solace and heartsease for an unrequited love. Although they are unknown to each other, each loves the same girl, Ray... See full summary »

Director:

Wallace Reid

Writer:

Henry Christeen Warnack (scenario) (as Henry C. Warnack)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Wallace Reid ... Ray - the Prospector
Dorothy Davenport ... Ethel
Ed Brady ... Tom
Gertrude Robinson
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Storyline

Two men meet in the desert. One is in search of gold and the other seeks solace and heartsease for an unrequited love. Although they are unknown to each other, each loves the same girl, Ray, the prospector, is the chosen suitor and around his neck he carries the girl's picture. They live together in the wilds and become friends, until one night Tom sees the picture in the locket around Ray's neck. Tom's jealousy prompts him to kill Ray, but gentle thoughts of Ethel restrain his hand. On their way through the desert they suffer from thirst. Ray staggers and falls. Tom takes the locket and chain from him and leaves him. He staggers along. He takes a drink of water, which he has saved for himself, but his conscience smites him and he goes back, gives Ray the life-giving from his canteen, and himself dies. Ray fashions a grave in the burning sands and buries his friend. He is discovered and rescued by outrider. He is reunited to the woman he loved, but even more sublime than their love, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Genres:

Drama | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1914 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nestor Film Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Interesting story telling
21 April 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

Wallace Reid and Miss Davenport play the leads in this drama, which has for its theme the power which conscience exerts on a man. This is brought out in an interesting story telling of the meeting between two prospectors in the midst of a howling desert. Some good scenes in the desert land are shown. - The Moving Picture World, January 31, 1914


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