Birth of a Soul (1920)

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The double role played by Harry T. Morey adds something new to the old theme of the feuding mountain families. The Draytons and the Barlows have been fighting for generations, but Charles (Morey) has rejected the family legacy of hatred and gone off to the city, where he has become a successful businessman. Phil Grey, who bears a distinct resemblance to Charles (and is also played by Morey), is as worthless as Charles is industrious. He's a drunk who drives oxen in the mountains. Both men love Dorothy (Jean Paige), the daughter of Lem Barlow (Charles Eldridge). George Drayton, Charles' uncle (Walter Lewis), kills Dorothy's grandfather over a dispute. Phil implies that Charles was involved in hopes to win Dorothy. When he discovers that Dorothy has not only ignored the allegations, but has married Charles, he decides to protect his former rival at any cost. Although he convinces the Barlows that it was George alone who committed the murder, the family insists that he bring the uncle to justice -- otherwise Charles must hang for the deed. Phil tries to track down the killer, but George winds up falling over a cliff and drowning. This is not good enough for the Barlows who still want to see Charles hang. To save him, Phil takes Charles' place under the noose.