Barricade (1921)

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The "barricade" in this drama is false pride and arrogance. When Brennon, the partner of Jacob Solomon (William A. Strauss), dies he adopts and raises his son, Robert (played as an adult by Kenneth Harlan). Solomon never reveals that he has mortgaged his home to send the young man through medical school. Brennon begins his practice in his own neighborhood on the Lower East Side, but when he falls in love with a wealthy uptown girl, Jane Stoddard (Katherine Spencer), things change. After they marry, Brennon opens up a practice on fashionable Fifth Avenue and leaves his friends and his poor past behind. This includes his foster father; when Solomon shows up at Brennon's fancy new office, his wife insists that the old man be sent away. Brennon later finds out the truth -- that Solomon mortgaged his home, which he is now about to lose. The young doctor comes to his senses and helps Solomon with his financial woes. Then he returns his practice to the old neighborhood. Jane, too, realizes how selfishly she has behaved and begs her husband's forgiveness.