A Golden Rainbow

Release Date:   6/2/1915
Distributor:   Mutual
Reels:   1
Brand:   Flying A
Genre:   Drama
Director:   Archer McMackin
Confirmed Cast:   Vivian Rich, Harry Von Meter, Jack Richardson, Louise Lester, Perry Banks
Story Summary:

Eric Hughes and Harry Rice, two employees of John Milton, owner of an assaying and refining plant in a western mining town, are rivals for the hand of their employer's daughter. In character and habits the two men are a direct comparison, Eric being an amateur naturalist in his spare time, while Harry prefers the more exciting life of the saloons and gambling houses. For this reason Mollie Milton shows a preference for Eric, arousing Harry's intense hatred. On a day preceding a holiday, a large shipment of gold dust is received for refining and locked away in the safe by Eric, whom his employer entrusts with the key. Believing that he can brand his rival as thief, Harry steals the key from Eric's pocket and that night succeeds in making off with the contents of the safe, hiding his loot among the stones at the foot of a waterfall.

The next day being a holiday, Eric goes forth with net and accoutrements, hoping to achieve his ambition and capture a rare and much prized specimen of butterfly. In the shade of a nearby tree, Molly is entertaining her small brother, Bobby, with a wonderful fairy story of a Prince who followed a magic golden butterfly to the end of the rainbow, where he finds the traditional bag of gold. As the story is finished Eric comes upon them and displays his long sought prize. However, Molly's tender heart champions the captive butterfly and she persuades Eric to free it. Bobby, his mind full of the fairy story, unnoticed by the lovers, pursues the golden moth until it leads him to the waterfall, where the child, seeing the rainbow caused by the spray, considers himself at his journey's end. Here he stumbles upon Harry's cache of hidden gold.

In the meantime the assayer has paid a visit to his office and discovered his loss. Finding Eric's key on the floor, he calls the sheriff and the pair start to find the naturalist. When the sheriff and Milton come upon the lovers, Eric is led away to jail, protesting his innocence, while the father tries to calm his daughter. In the excitement Bobby has not been missed but he is discovered down the road loudly calling to his father. Mr. Milton pays his little heed to the excited story of his son, but he is so insistent that he and Mollie finally agree to follow him to the discovered treasure. Led by the child they arrive in sight of the waterfall, where, to their surprise, they discover Harry in the act of removing the hidden gold. The situation is now perfectly clear to the assayer, and, drawing a gun, he covers the crouching thief, while he sends Mollie with a note to the sheriff. Shortly afterward Eric is freed and Harry takes his place in jail. The gold is recovered and Mollie and her lover reach their heart's desire.

- Moving Picture World, May 29, 1915


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