Cast & Crew
William Armstrong, an American of French descent, inherits an iron mine in France. Accompanied by his sister Betty, he sails for France to take charge of the business. Claire, the daughter of the Marquise de Beaulieu, lives with her mother and brother Octave in the village. She is betrothed to Gaston, Duc de Bligny, a poor nobleman, who is loved by Marie Moulinet, a wealthy manufacturer's daughter. When Gaston learns that the de Beaulieu family has lost its fortune, he jilts Claire and marries Marie instead. Claire in turn marries Armstrong, who has loved her since they first met, and Octave begins to court Betty. Gaston then decides that he loves Claire after all and places her in a compromising position which is interrupted by Armstrong. Angered by Armstrong's thrashing, Gaston tries to shoot the American but is himself fatally wounded. Realizing for the first time her husband's true worth, Claire begs for, and receives, his forgiveness.
Ohnet adapted his novel for the stage. It was first produced in Paris in 1883. Copyright records list the film as a six-reeler, but all contemporary reviews call it a five-reeler. Lloyd is credited with the adaptation in the copyright records, but Wid's and the 1918 MPSD credit Willis with the scenario. In 1914, the Biograph Co. copyrighted a two reel film entitled The Iron Master based on the same source.