Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Young millionaire Billy Bates (Charles Ray) is led to believe that he's inherited the family curse of alcoholism. His Follies-dancer girlfriend Poppy Drayton (Sylvia Bremer) cooks up a scheme to prove that Billy isn't a hereditary tosspot. She stages her own kidnapping to show Billy that he doesn't have to rely on booze for his courage. One of eight Charles Ray vehicles produced in 1918, The Family Skeleton was also one of 13 collaborations between star Ray and director Victor Scherzinger. In addition, it was one of the few pre-1920 Ray films to permit him to play something other than his patented country-boy character.
curse, fake, family, father, guardian, kidnapping, lecture, party, rescue