Beckoning Roads (1920)

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Not surprisingly, the story to this episodic drama ran as a serial entitled The Call of Life in Redbook magazine. After growing up on a Canadian farm, Marquita Shay (Bessie Barriscale) travels to St. Louis with her foster father. There she meets and marries Humphrey Wells (Niles Welsh), only to discover that he is completely dominated by his authoritarian father, a crooked stockbroker (Emmett King). When Marquita can no longer stand being dictated to by her in-laws, she leaves for the home of the man who raised her. But she discovers that he has killed himself after being cheated by Wells Sr. She them shrewdly becomes secretary to Baron Brinker (Joseph J. Dowling), a player in the market who also owns a gambling den; through what she learns at work, she is able to completely wipe out the corrupt Wells. Her husband finally renounces his father, and Marquita reunites with him.