The Man Who Would Not Die
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|The Man Who Would Not Die|
|Directed by||William Russell
Nate Watt (assistant director)
|Produced by||Samuel S. Hutchinson|
|Screenplay by||J. Edward Hungerford|
|Story by||Mabel Condon|
|Cinematography||John W. Brown|
|Distributed by||Mutual Film|
|50 minutes (5-reels)|
|Language||Silent with English intertitles|
A wealthy young woman, Agnes (played by Burton), is loved by the identical twin brothers Clyde and Ward Kingsley (dual role played by Russell). She marries Clyde and he immediately begins squandering her fortune. When the money is almost gone, Clyde comes up with a plan to collect on his life insurance policy. As his brother, Ward, who still loves Agnes, is terminally ill, he persuades him to take his place so the insurance company will believe that Clyde has died instead of Ward.
Agnes learns of the plan and is angry. She nurses Ward back to health and falls in love with him during his convalescence. Clyde then hires Steve Mercer (played by Keenan) and Beth Taylor (played by Hutton) to murder his brother. He gets impatient, however, and shoots Ward himself.
When Clyde goes to tell Steve and Beth that their help is no longer needed, they mistake him for Ward and murder him. Ward recovers once again and he and Agnes are married.
- William Russell as Clyde Kingsley/Ward Kingsley
- Charlotte Burton as Agnes
- Harry Keenan as Steve Mercer
- Leona Hutton as Beth Taylor
- "Studio; Reelogragraphs Before The Cameras; Good Excuse." Los Angeles Times. May 28, 1916. p. III 19.