Family Honor (1920)

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The Tuckers are a proud Southern family, even though their fortune has disappeared. Sister Beverly (Florence Vidor) has spent her last dollars sending her brother, Dal (Roscoe Karns), through college. But Dal has turned out to be a gambler and a wastrel who spends all his time at the local dive. In an attempt to save the family's honor, Beverly's fiancée, Merle Curran (Charles Meredith) tries to keep Dal from getting involved in the bar's inevitable raid, but he is unsuccessful. Dal, in fact, is accused of a murder actually committed by the joint's proprietor. A number of the proprietor's associates are willing to perjure themselves to put Dal behind bars, but the littlest Tucker, Ben (Ben Alexander), comes to the courtroom, and his innocent presence is enough to shame them into being honest. Thus Dal is freed of the charge. This was director King Vidor's first independent production, and while the end is an obvious ploy to tug at the audience's heartstrings, it does show Vidor's slice-of-life style of cinematic storytelling.