The Tar Heel Warrior (1917)

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As tipped off by its title, A Tar Heel Warrior begins in North Carolina. On the verge of losing his plantation, Colonel Dabney Mills (Walt Whitman) heads to New York, hoping to float a loan from his stockbroker grandson-in-law. With all his money tied up in a big business deal, the stockbroker is only able to lend $5000 to Colonel Mills -- who promptly loses the entire amount in a foolhardy get-rich-quick scheme. Feeling that he has disgraced the family name, the Colonel prepares to kill himself but is saved at the last minute by the arrival of his granddaughter and her stockbroker hubby, who have just struck it rich on Wall Street. The "Southern" settings in the early portions of the film smacked of inauthenticity, but the later glimpses of New York City were "the real McCoy."

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business, generation-gap, get-rich-quick-scheme, shame, stockbroker, suicide