Home-Keeping Hearts (1921)

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aka Homekeeping Hearts After serving a ten-year prison sentence for a crime he did not commit, Robert Colton (Thomas H. Swinton) goes to live with a distant relative, Squire Tead (Edward Grace). Tead has been taking care of Colton's daughter, Mary (Mildred Ryan), all this time and he puts the ex-con to work at his creamery. But in spite of Tead's prominence in the village (along with owning the creamery, he is also president of the school board), he is an unpleasant character. He constantly throw's Colton's jail time in his face, squelches competition by bribing government inspectors to condemn the cows belonging to potential competitors and neglects the schoolhouse, which is in dire need of repair. Finally he's faced with the consequences of his deeds -he doesn't get re-elected to the school board and is beaten to within an inch of his life by one of the cow inspectors. These incidents force him to look at himself and change his nasty attitude. Colton and his daughter reap the rewards of Tead's realization.