Boomerang (1919)

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Henry B. Walthall is George Gray, son of a wealthy meat packer (Richard Norris). He's engaged to Rose Cameron (Nina Byron), the daughter of his father's rival (Melbourne McDowell). George gets caught up in a scandal in which he really had no involvement. Rose's father uses this as an excuse to break the couple's engagement, and George's father turns him out of the family home. George goes to live in a nearby city and, through his study of the poor, becomes a force in labor circles. A candidate for governor takes an interest in him, and when he wins the election, appoints George as a district attorney. Meanwhile, the rival meat men have joined forces, causing prices to go sky high and quality to sink. George examines these circumstances and brings suit against Gray's and Cameron's corporation -- a shock to Gray, who wasn't even aware of the rising fortunes of his son. Through this suit, George makes the capitalists aware of their responsibilities and the story ends with Rose back in his arms. The plot to this silent feature is not particularly credible, and is a fair example of the naive idealism that was prevalent during this era.