Daughter Angele (1918)

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Anthony Brenton (Walt Whitman) is known as a curmudgeon and a skinflint in the New England seaport town where he lives. In reality, Brenton is a closet philanthropist who gives the credit for his good deeds to his wheelchair-bound friend, Jimmy Shea (Miles McCarthy). Mary (Myrtle Rishell), Brenton's estranged daughter has been away for many years but every time she writes him, the housekeeper Mrs. Chumnige (Lule Warrenton) intercepts the letter. The housekeeper has designs on the old man's wealth and wants no interference. So when Mary finally returns with a nearly grown daughter, Angele (Pauline Starke), Mrs. Chumnige turns her away, saying that Brenton has disowned her. Angele immediately sees through the woman and manages to gain entry to her grandfather's home. She wins Brenton over, but Mrs. Chumnige believes that all is not lost -- she sends her son Frank (Gene Burr) to romance the girl. Bob Fortney, a naturalist (Philo McCullough), comes to explore the estate and wins Angele's heart instead. U-boats, meanwhile, have raided the Atlantic coast (this film was made during World War I, after all!) and taken its toll on this village. Mrs. Chumnige wants Bob out of the way and suspects he's a spy. Actually, the spy is her own son, and when he admits his deeds to her, they desperately try to accuse Bob and Brenton of the crimes. The villagers believe this pair captured the two innocent men with the intention of lynching them. But just then, Jimmy Shea comes forth and explains that he was just a front for Brenton's deeds. Then Bob breaks his silence and admits he is working for the Secret Service. The villains get their due, Bob gets a wife in Angele and Brenton gets a united family.