Ashes of Hope
Cast & Crew
Jim Gordon, a stranger to Paluski, a Western mining settlement, does not drink or gamble, and refuses dance hall girls' advances. Gonda, the dance hall queen, accepts a wager by gambling proprietor "Ace-High" Lawton, who is hopelessly in love with her, that she cannot seduce Gordon. After a drunken miner attempts to shoot Gonda, Gordon protects her, but when she tries to induce Gordon to drink, he knocks her glass from her hand, thus beginning a barroom brawl. Although Gordon wins, he is injured. While Gonda nurses him, they fall in love and plan to marry, but Gordon discourages Gonda from becoming pregnant. When Gordon receives a letter from his wife back East containing a knitted baby shoe and news that he has been proven innocent of a murder charge, he leaves Gonda some gold and starts home. Thinking that Gordon wronged Gonda, Lawton throws him from a cliff. After an Indian trapper robs Gordon, Gordon attempts to rob the gambling hall, but fails. He is about to be lynched, when Gonda, who has discovered the letter, arranges for Gordon's escape, for the sake of his son, and agrees to marry Lawton, who then misleads the party trailing Gordon.
Some sources refer to the character played by Jack Livingston as "Miles Norton." At the time of this film's release, Thomas H. Ince, who was credited with the film's authorship, was no longer connected with Triangle Film Corp.