Cast & Crew
J. Stuart Blackton
Both Jack Welby and his sister, Primrose, of a happy, contented middleclass family, are in love and considering marriage. Suddenly, their father's wealthy uncle, Nicholas, dies leaving the family his entire fortune. Intoxicated by riches, the Welbys immediately rush into extravagance, forsaking their home--which Sarah, their faithful servant, converts into a boardinghouse--for a magnificent estate. With the rise of jealousy, bickering, insincerity, and acrimony in the household, Jack neglects Amabel, his sweetheart, and Primrose looks scornfully on Hugo, her former fiancé. At the height of a lavish charity ball, Jack receives a note from Amabel, intimating suicide, and coming to his senses, he decides to marry her. Finally, the family are stunned to find that their fortune has been lost in speculation. Poverty soon engulfs them, and the parents seek aid at the poorhouse but find shelter in their old home with Sarah. Primrose is reunited with Hugo, and happiness returns to their home.