Cast & Crew
Ma Birdsong, her son Jimmie (a messenger boy), and her daughter Essie live together in New York City's East Side. Essie is allured by the city's night life, theaters, and restaurants, and finally she becomes an usher in a cheap theater where she falls in love with Joe Ullman, a crooked ticket speculator. Her mother, in failing health, repeatedly begs to meet Essie's fiancé, but Ullman declines to pay visits. When Ma Birdsong is seized with a heart attack and pleads to see him, Essie finds him in a poolroom, but he sneers and refuses to accompany her. She then encounters a stranger and in despair tells him her story; he agrees to visit her mother and represent himself as her fiancé. Mrs. Birdsong dies, happy in the thought that Essie is to marry "a real man." Later, Essie and the stranger do get married.