Shylock of Wall Street (1922)

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During the silent era, when the United States was the home for millions of first-generation immigrants, dramas that had an ethnic basis were very popular. Dore Davidson, who was known for his Jewish characterizations, plays Aaron Abrams, a good-hearted philanthropist in this drama. Abrams' daughter (Zena Keefe) secretly marries a Gentile (Maurice Costello), but her husband, influenced by his father, leaves her. The father gives Abrams ten thousand dollars and believes he has bought his son freedom. He doesn't realize that Abrams is harboring a grudge that only grows after his daughter's death. While he raises his granddaughter (also played by Keefe), Abrams plays the stock market until he becomes a power on Wall Street. When his daughter's ex-husband comes looking for a loan, Abrams demands all his possessions as collateral. The man eventually meets his ruin. The granddaughter, meanwhile, falls in love with Abrams' secretary (Edward Earle), who is also a Gentile. Abrams insists that she marry into her own faith, but eventually he relents and gives the young couple his blessing.