Come Again Smith (1919)

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When oil magnate Joe Smith, Sr. (Charles French) tells his son, Joe, Jr. (J. Warren Kerrigan) that he couldn't possibly earn his own living, the young man is willing to try. A year later, he's a bum on a park bench in New York who's about to be arrested for vagrancy. But he's saved by businessman Ned Stevens (H.A. Barrows), who decides to invest in him instead of the questionable oil stock offered by promoter Franklin Overton (William Conklin). When Stevens' wife, Anne (Winnifred Greenwood), and sister, Lucy (Lois Wilson), return unexpectedly from a trip, he explains Joe's presence by saying he's a friend from the West. When Joe casually tells them he's the son of the oil magnate, Stevens thinks he's joking, but Overton sees it as a way to promote his stock. He introduces Joe as his partner and convinces Anne to buy some securities. But when she has to pawn her jewels to cover the margin, Joe is suspected of stealing them. Things are straightened out with the appearance of Joe's father. Overton is revealed as the scoundrel he is, while Joe and Lucy wind up together. For the first few years of her acting career, Lois Wilson was frequently J. Warren Kerrigan's leading lady.