Down Home (1920)

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This picture was based on the novel Dabney Todd by F.N. Westcott, and it was one of Leatrice Joy's better pre-Cecil B. DeMille films. Because her father, Joe (William Robert Daly), is a drunk, Nance Pelot (Joy) plays piano at a local inn run by Larry Shayne to make ends meet. Joe occasionally works for Dabney Todd (James O. Barrows), whose son Chet (Edward Hearn) is in love with Nance. Nance has inherited a small farm from her mother, which turns out to have valuable ore on the land. A couple of men show an interest in buying the farm and Shayne decides to make a nice profit by getting his hands on the property. Since Nance is underage, he gets Martin Doover (Edward Nolan) to convince a drunken Joe to sign the necessary documents. Chet hears of the plot and beats Doover senseless. A revival meeting convinces Joe to give up liquor, and he sets out to straighten things out with Shayne. However, before he leaves, a bartender offers him "one for the road" and he winds up lost in a snowstorm. He is dead by the time the search party finds him. The men who want to buy the property find Nance, but Shayne tries to claim the property is his. Chet proves that his document is forged, and Nance goes ahead with the sale, earning herself a nice profit and a good future with Chet.