You Can't Always Tell

movie

You Can't Always Tell

Director: William Garwood

Year: 1915

Plot: Young reporter Harrington Spencer, an experienced feature-story writer, finds times are quiet, and starts out at 3 AM to seek inspiration. As he is walking to an all-night lunchroom, his attention is arrested by a beautiful young girl who leaps from a taxicab unheedful of the cries of her middle-aged gentleman companion to return. He follows her, but is stopped by Spencer, to whom the young girl implores for help. Spencer accompanies Violet home, and by the time they reach the house a mutual attraction has come to them. The following day, Spencer reads a story in the paper relating how a charming young girl stole a diamond ring and a lot of money from a wealthy broker, while they were riding in a taxicab. Although the broker refused to divulge the name of the fair thief, Spencer arrives at the conclusion that Violet is involved in the affair, and is delegated by his editor to cover the incident. Following the details he has collected, be subsequently comes to the fashionable residence of the broker whom he learns has died. Spencer returns to his room, where he finds a letter from Violet asking him to meet her at a secluded spot that night, as she has something important to tell him. He keeps the appointment, and the girl gives him a beautiful diamond lavaliere and a big diamond ring for safekeeping. The charm of Violet makes him forget his suspicions, and upon bidding her goodnight he tells her that inasmuch as her residence has the same front as the other houses next to it, he is likely to get into the wrong one and asks for the number. But Violet makes it clear to him that in the hallway of her home a piece of mistletoe hangs on the chandelier and that the door is always open. In passing out Spencer takes a look at the number, but forgets it. The next evening he goes to call upon Violet, but gets into the house of Joyce Carey as a result of the mistletoe decoration which that lady had put up to surprise her husband and of the open door. He goes upstairs and turns to the right and knocks on what he thinks is Violet's door. Responding to a call to come in he finds himself in a dark room, and a woman throws her arms around him and kisses him. Thinking that it is Violet he returns the affection, but great is the astonishment of both when the lights are turned on and they discover that they are strangers to each other. He is about to go when Mrs. Carey hears her husband coming up the stairs. She shoves him into another room, but he forgets his hat, which lies on the table. Spencer finds himself in the boudoir of a sleeping woman, from which he later escapes to the roof, and to the other house, which he enters through the skylight. Carey at first believes his wife is untrue to him, but she finally convinces him of her innocence. Meanwhile a burglar has made his way into Violet's house, and seeing that she has no valuables of any account to steal is about to escape, when he hears Spencer coming down the stairs. Spencer passes him unseen, but the burglar is later caught by the police, who had been summoned. Spencer sees Violet and only then realizes the mistake he has made. She tells him that the jewels were her mother's, who died. Spencer is shown a story the next day at the office stating that the broker died by committing suicide and that he left a will revealing a daughter named Violet by a former marriage. Violet and Spencer are later married.—Moving Picture World synopsis
Original Title: You Can't Always Tell
Director: William Garwood
Type: movie
Year: 1915
Genres: Short
Cast: Ben Walsh , William Garwood , Violet Mersereau , Edna Hunter , Frederick Sullivan
Countries: United States
Languages: None , English
Color Info: Black and White
Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
Sound Mix: Silent
Original Air Date: 28 May 1915 (USA)
Production Companies: Independent Moving Pictures Co. of America
Distributors: Universal Film Manufacturing Company