That Something (1921)

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"New Thought," a form of spiritual positivism, was very popular in the late 1910s through the 1930s, and the principles behind it were the inspiration for this drama. Margery Wilson both directed and starred. Young spendthrift Edwin Drake (Charles Meredith) is disowned by his father. When he cannot find work he becomes a tramp, but a vision shows him his better self and he begins his regeneration. He finally lands a job and works his way up to one of the firm's top positions. Meanwhile, Sarah Holmes (Wilson) is working as a boarding house slavey. She finds her will with the help of a professor who has befriended her. She meets Mrs. Drake, who is out on a charity mission. The wealthy matron befriends the girl and finally adopts her. When Mrs. Drake tells Sarah of her lost son, she recognizes Edwin, who has boarded at her house under an assumed name. She reunites mother and son, and eventually marries Edwin.

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career, confidence, employment, provincial, stranger, survivor