Penny Philanthropist (1917)

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Considering the wholesome nature of this film, it's no surprise that it was made by a little-known production company called Wholesome Films Corporation. Peggy (Peggy O'Neill) runs a newsstand to support her little brother and sister. Even though she doesn't make very much money, she gives away a penny every day. Andrew Killbalton, a millionaire manufacturer, admires her philosophy, and sends his motherless daughter Ann to Peggy to learn about philanthropy. Ann is a willing student, even when others mistrust her motives. One day, the police call on Peggy and she discovers that her sweetheart, Tom Oliphant (Ralph Morgan), has been arrested for attempting to blow up Kimbalton's mansion. The circumstantial evidence makes Oliphant's future look dim, but with Peggy's help he is able to prove that he is innocent of the charge. Actor Ralph Morgan was a stage star, and this was his first motion picture.