Lost and Won (1911)
Short, Drama · 8 May 1911
Jack Carvel, a young ambitious clerk, is in the employ of the wealthy and aristocratic Mr. Fielding. Jack having an eye for all that is good and beautiful, dares to raise his eyes to Mabel, the daughter of his employer and is caught in the act of declaring his love to her, with the result that he is immediately dismissed from Mr. Fielding's employ. He is soon successful in securing a position as traveling companion for an invalid, with whom he goes on a ranch in California. A year later we find that Mr. Fielding has met with reverses in business; he and his daughter are compelled to leave their luxurious home for simpler quarters. Mabel discovers an ad wherein a moving picture manufacturer seeks the services of a young lady to pose for pictures and having talents for the stage, she applies for the position and is accepted. In the meantime Jack has also had a change of fortune, but for the better. Having taken a great liking to Jack, the invalid leaves a fortune to him on his death. Jack finds occasion to invest his money in an oil field and work is begun. We see the laborers at work on the drilling of the well; the discovery of oil and the wonderful oil gusher in full action, terminating in a sea of oil. The resources of the well is beyond all expectations and Jack is made a man of great wealth. Next we see the interior of a moving picture theater and Jack in the audience. To his great surprise and delight a picture is shown wherein Mabel takes part. He learns the name of the firm which made the picture and hastens to the moving picture studio where he is successful in meeting Mabel and learns that she still loves him. The moving picture director was obliged to look for another leading lady. The big Lawe View Oil Gusher at Maricopa, California, the location of this picture, was struck March 12th, 1910. It tore away derricks and shot 350 feet in the air. The original well was 12 inches in diameter and at the time the picture was made the crater measured 40 feet in width and 2,500 feet deep. It flows from 50,000 to 75,000 barrels per day. All buildings near it had to be abandoned on account of oil spray from the gusher which at times covered a radius of 3 miles, giving everything a thick coating of oil.
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