Bill Henry (1919)

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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

Bill Henry Jenkins is a typical Charles Ray character, a country boy determined to make good. At first he tries selling electric vibrators, but fails miserably, so he goes to his Uncle Chet (Bert Woodruff) for help. Uncle Chet agrees to hire him as a clerk at his hotel, providing that he doesn't gamble with the guests. But when he meets Lela Mason (Edith Roberts), he is compelled to head for the poker table -- she has come to town to claim a plot of land she has inherited, only to find that it is worthless. To save her a lot of trouble, Bill wins enough money to anonymously buy the property. Later he finds out that there is oil on the land and sells it for well over a million dollars, with the intention of giving Lela the profit. But the crooked real estate agent tries to swindle the sum away, which winds up causing a rift between Bill and Lela. But Bill sets things right by tying the agent up and torturing him with a leftover electric vibrator until he confesses to his wrongdoing.