Whatever the Cost (1918)

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Jess (Anita King) is the tomboy daughter of John Farley (Bruce Smith), a whiskey smuggler. The one time she dons an old dress of her mother's she is seen by Paul Otard (Patrick Calhoun), who makes a grab for her. Otard is involved with Belle (Corinne Grant), whose husband (Gordon Sackville) owns the Black Jack Saloon. Belle, with Otard's help, is trying to find out where her husband gets his whiskey -- then, through blackmail, she can get up enough money to run off with Otard. In the midst of his snooping, Otard runs across John Farley and tries to blackmail him into giving him Jess. John refuses and Otard shoots him. Jess finds her father dead and swears revenge on whoever killed him. She goes to work at the saloon where she meets Steve Douglas (Stanley Pembroke), a revenuer in search of smugglers. The next time Otard tries to attack Jess, Douglas goes to the rescue, but Jess is then misled to believe that Douglas is the murderer. After several reels of cross-purposes, Douglas and Jess fall in love, and when Douglas tracks down the last of the smuggling ring, he also gets Otard to confess to the murder, which leaves the way free for Jess and Douglas to be together.