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Touch of Nature, A (1911)


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Frank, a gambler, is disowned by his rich father. Ten years later, Frank is unemployed and starving, with a wife and young daughter to support. He arrives too late for a job interview after pausing to help a blind man across the road. In despair, he decides to swallow his pride and approach his father for help. He waits outside his father's mansion while his young daughter goes inside with a note pleading for help. Initially his father weakens, but then sends back a note to say that he does not encourage beggars. In despair, Frank enters the mansion and steals the money. He is discovered by his father and they struggle. Frank escapes but is pursued by his father and a policeman. Frank arrives home with his daughter. His wife is, at first, delighted with the money until she realises that it is stolen. The policeman enters with Frank's father. The daughter gives the money back to the father, who is shocked by the poverty of the family. The policeman is sent away and the family reconciled.