Thomas Gradgrind's family has been taught that material things are the only things of importance. His daughter Louisa marries an elderly banker to help her brother Tom who works for him. Tom robs the banker and casts suspicion on an innocent weaver, Stephen Blackpool.
Louisa attracts the attention of a sleazy politician named Harthouse, and to escape an affair with him, she goes to her father. Gradgrind is shocked by the results of his teaching, helps her. She leaves the banker. Her brother flees the country and Blackpool is cleared of all charges.
This report prepared by Jack Goodstein