Great Accident (1920)

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Congressman Amos Caretall (Willard Louis) is determined that mayoral candidate Winthrop Chase (Andrew Robson) -- who is running on the "dry" ticket -- lose the election. So he arranges for a little typo on the ballots, and when they are counted, it turns out that it isn't Chase who is the town's new mayor, but his son, Winthrop, Jr. (Tom Moore). The junior Chase is a likable but irresponsible young man who enjoys lifting a glass now and again, and his election promises to be an embarrassment to his father. But he turns his life around and makes good. He even overcomes a scandal created by Caretall, who has convinced Hetty Morfee (Ann Forrest) to falsely claim that Winthrop is the father of her child. In the end, the town's residents prove their support by re-electing Winthrop to his post. This film was adapted from a Saturday Evening Post serial written by Ben Ames Williams.