Her Half Brother (1922)

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Esther Ralston, then a hard-working, up-and-coming actress and not the star she would later become, is featured in this low-budget program feature which came from Certified Pictures. Character actor Edward McWade is the unlikely choice to play an evil Asian, which he does with all the clich├ęs and abhorrent stereotypes of the era. A pair of miners, Dan Hallet (William A. Lowry) and Paul Preston (Lee Hill), adopt Nina, a pretty young girl (Ralston). Nina was raised by Lee Wong (McWade), who bears a grudge against Hallet. Wong tries every devious trick he can think of to do away with Hallet. He is unsuccessful, and eventually it develops that Hallet is Nina's real father -- he had lost track of her when she was merely a baby. Paul Preston (who is not Nina's half-brother, as the title implies, or any relation to her whatsoever) falls in love with the girl and Hallet consents to their marriage.