Car of Chance (1917)

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Franklyn Farnum and Brownie Vernon team up yet again for another Universal comedy-drama. In his will, Mr. Baird leaves his son Arnold (Farnum) just one seven-passenger auto and a hundred dollars to keep it filled up and in good repair. When James Bennett (Mark Fenton) hears of this, he insists that Baird do something to make his fortune before he can marry his daughter Ruth (Vernon). Bennett begins by using the car to start a jitney-bus line. This is not terribly impressive to Bennett -- who owns a trolley company -- and he decides he would rather see Ruth married to his controller, William Mott-Smith (H.J. Bennett). But when labor leader Israel Helmstone (Walter Belasco) calls a strike against the company, Baird gets traffic moving with the help of his pals, who also offer their vehicles as jitney-buses. Bennett's company is in danger of crumbling, and he is forced to bargain with the strikers through Baird. Meanwhile Mott-Smith's evil nature is uncovered, thus Bennett has no issue with giving Baird a job -- and Ruth's hand.