Cast & Crew
Joel Matthews, the son of a prosperous farmer, is discontented with rustic life and longs for a career on the stage. When an acting troupe comes to town, he is given a job by the manager as a utility man--hustling trunks, distributing handbills, and performing bit parts. Joel develops a great admiration for the leading man, and when he is finally given a few speaking lines, he proudly invites his girl, Emily, to the performance. During the show, a masked and armed holdup man appears and forces Joel to take a hat and collect from his victims; after the robber's exit, Joel follows him, discovers him to be (alas ) the leading man, and at gunpoint forces him to return his plunder. Joel confesses to Emily that life with her might be more exciting than success on the stage.