In His Brother's Place (1919)

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Hale Hamilton had a dual role in this light comedy, and he also wrote the story. Nelson Drake and his twin brother J. Barrington (both Hamilton) return home to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their parents (Emmett C. King and Ruby Lafayette). Nelson is a minister who has been having a hard time bringing in parishioners, and J. Barrington, a successful businessman, suggests that they switch places so he can give it a try. Nelson hands him a stack of cheat notes, identifying the important members of the congregation, and the name of his sweetheart, Kitty Judd (Marguerite Snow). It takes awhile for J. Barrington to get everything straight, starting with the girl -- he kisses her sister, Bessie (Mary McIvor), instead. But eventually the congregation grows, inspired by J. Barrington's spirited sermons, and he also discovers a scheme in which deacon Abel Cruck (Howard Crampton) and his son (Ward Wing) are trying to buy the church's land for a tiny sum. It turns out there is oil on the land, and the perfidy of the Crucks is exposed. Kitty has figured out the ruse, so she is reunited with Nelson, while J. Barrington gets engaged to Bessie, who he preferred from the start.