Food Gamblers (1917)

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Reporter June Justice (Elda Miller) meets Henry Havens (Wilfred Lucas) while relaxing in the country. Back home in the city, she is sent to cover a food riot, and this leads her to further investigation. After speaking with retailers, farmers, and commission merchants, she decides that the high prices must be controlled by a food trust. After reading her expose, Havens -- who is part of the trust -- calls on June in order to bribe her into silence. At the meeting, she is surprised to be faced with the man she met in the country, but this doesn't stop her from laying into him for his dirty deeds. After June's visit, Havens begins to come around, mostly because he has fallen in love with her. He works with her on reform and opposes his former associates, who now become his enemies. They send a gunman to shoot him, but he recovers from the wound and makes sure the men of the food trust get their just desserts. June, seeing justice is served, finds that she prefers Havens last name to her own. This was a propaganda film which attempted to expose the machinations of price fixing and the food trusts, a serious concern in the 1910s.