The Man Who Woke Up (1918)

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William V. Mong wrote the screenplay and played the lead in this picture, made in the days when the pre-Civil War South still had a certain romantic appeal. William Oglesby (Mong), editor for the Oglesburg Clarion, has never completely adjusted to life after the Civil War. The rest of Oglesburg, however, is perfectly willing to embrace progress, including the arrival of Thomas Foster (George Hernandez), a New York philanthropist who wants to establish industrial schools and other forward-looking projects. Oglesby wants none of this, and denounces Foster at a meeting. He tries to issue a special edition of the Clarion to rail against Foster, but his friend, Judge Campbell (George Pearce), wisely keeps it from going out. Everyone deserts Oglesby, including his daughter, Sylvia (Estelle Evans), who falls in love with Foster's son (Darrel Foss). When even his wife (Alberta Lee) goes over to the other side, Oglesby finally has to rethink his position.