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In His Steps

In His Steps(1936)

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Tom Carver and Ruth Brewster, children of neighboring business rivals Calvin Carver and Robert Brewster, fall in love but, because of their parents' feud, are unable to marry. Carver's superintendent, Davidson, a deeply religious man, becomes Tom's confidant and helps them elope. Although Ruth is underage, Davidson's country preacher friend, Mack Adams, marries them and offers them refuge on his farm. Weeks pass and Davidson tells Mrs. Brewster that the couple is safe but refuses to disclose their whereabouts and is arrested. Tom steps forward to clear his friend and is tried for kidnapping Ruth. Carver hopes to pin the blame on the "religious fanatic" Davidson, but Tom refuses to betray his friend. The judge asks that the families settle the affair amicably, but Mrs. Brewster demands Tom be punished to the letter of the law. Adams, indignant at the court's vilification of Davidson, risks contempt by testifying that Davidson was following the steps of Christ. He impresses the judge, who offers to suspend sentence if the couple splits indefinitely. Tom then tells the judge that he will not make a promise he cannot keep, that he loves Ruth and wants her to remain his wife. The judge is forced to sentence him to prison. Carver comes forward and takes the blame for Tom's marriage, but accuses Brewster of bringing the charges for his personal revenge. The youngsters' courage and Davidson's spiritual devotion eventually cause the parents to become reconciled. The case is dismissed, and Tom and Ruth return to the farm with Adams.