Bill Apperson's Boy (1919)

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Jack Pickford got his own production company when his sister Mary signed a huge contract with First National, and this was its first product. the story takes place in the Blue Ridge mountains, where the Appersons and the Yartons have an ongoing feud. Their differences become even more heated when young Buddy Apperson (Pickford) courts Martha Yarton (Gloria Hope). Things come to a head in the Apperson home when Buddy's father, Bill (Russel Simpson), brings home a new wife. Buddy, who worships the memory of his dead mother, is affronted when Bill insists that he call the new Mrs. Apperson "mother." He runs away from home and winds up inside the Yarton house. When he is discovered there, he is arrested for burglary, but Martha's testimony saves him. He is released from custody to discover that his father's new wife has left him. So Buddy gets her to return and learns to call her "mother." While pleasant enough, this film didn't do much business -- Jack just didn't have the star quality of his famous sister.