Cast & Crew
Edward P. Sullivan
Edward F. Roseman
An honest man, elected Governor of New York, refuses to appoint a man chosen by Boss Tally, the party leader, to an important position having jurisdiction over a large amount of state funds, even though Tally threatens to have the governor removed from office. In revenge, Tally persuades his son Archie to break his engagement to the governor's daughter Ruth. After Tally and his political lieutenants work out a plan to frame the governor so that he will be impeached, a clerk in Tally's office, who is Ruth's friend, informs her of the plot. Ruth and her friend get a dictagraph record and motion pictures from a hidden camera of the boss and his aides conspiring. When Tally has the trial rushed, the governor's lawyer requests a postponement until Ruth arrives with her evidence, but this is denied. Detained by Tally's thugs, Ruth races in an auto to the courtroom, but she arrives too late to stop the governor from being impeached on the first ballot.
In this film, Democrat William Sulzer, the impeached Governor of New York who served in 1913, plays the role of a governor impeached due to the machinations of a political boss. According to news items, the film incorporated footage taken of Sulzer while he was governor. The author of the novel from which the film is based, James S. Barcus, was a former senator from Indiana. Anna Logan was the daughter of Hon. John H. Landis, ex-Superintendent of the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia and a former state senator and representative from Pennsylvania. Frank Tinney was a leading blackface comedian. This film was the first, and probably the only production of the Governor's Boss Photoplay Co. Some scenes of the film were shot in Albany, NY. The film was shown to critics in June 1915 at the length of six reels. It was later re-edited and shortened. Sulzer played himself in the 1913 film The Shame of the Empire State, which, it appears, had no connection with The Governor's Boss.