Light in the Clearing (1921)

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Roving Kate (Eugenie Besserer) is a half-mad homeless woman who is searching for the fatherless child she lost twenty years before. But the young man has been murdered and Amos Grimshaw (George Hackathorne), the son of the town's miser, Ben Grimshaw (Frank Leigh), has been accused of the crime. The townsfolk believe Amos is guilty and a mob gathers to lynch him. But all turns out well with the help of Barton Baynes, a young statesman (Edward Sutherland). It turns out that Ben Grimshaw was the father of the murdered youth, but Kate regains her senses and forgives him for the way he treated her.

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against-all-odds, bureaucracy, lynch-mob, politician, rampage