Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Yes, once upon a time even Lionel Barrymore could be convincingly cast as a character named "Young Jim Gordon." In the 1916 Metro production Upheaval, Young Jim takes over from his father, political boss Jim Gordon Sr. (Franklin Hanna). As ruthless and unfeeling as his dad, Young Jim blocks the efforts by a crusading newspaper to bring about reforms in the city's tenement district. But he comes to regret his intransigence when his father is ruined financially. Changing his ways, Young Jim becomes a tireless fighter on behalf of the Rights of the People -- and in the process becomes a hero in the eyes of his wife Joan (Marguerite Skirvin, who, like almost everyone else, had nearly written off Jim as a bad job.