Bottom of the Well (1917)

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This capital-versus-labor drama has a novel twist. When a British ship captures an American smuggling craft, everyone escapes except for one little boy, who is assumed to be the son of Captain Jake Stark (Ned Finley). The boy is adopted by the military governor of Kingston and later taken to London where he grows up. As a young man, now called Stanley Deane (Evart Overton), he falls in love with Alice Buckingham (Agnes Ayres), whose father (Bigelow Cooke) is a wealthy mill owner from New York City. Buckingham is told that Deane, who is studying law, is a smuggler's son. The workers at Buckingham's mill are ready to revolt and Deane tries to help them out. When Buckingham discovers that the young man is aligned with the workers, he reveals his past to Alice and turns her against him. The angry workers plot to blow up Buckingham's home, and Deane dashes in to save Alice just before the explosion. Buckingham is assumed dead, and Dean, along with a number of workers, are tried for his murder. At this juncture Stark shows up to reveal that Deane is actually the son of a Boston banker. Stark and the banker arrive just as Deane and the others are being convicted. But one of the men tosses off his disguise, and he turns out to be Buckingham himself. He takes the blame for his worker's frustrations and everyone goes free. Since Deane's family history is eminently respectable, he is welcomed into the Buckhingham household.