John Petticoats (1919)

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This film is quite a departure for Western star William S. Hart -- he plays a New Orleans modiste! The role, however, starts off as manly as anything Hart did with a horse and a pair of six-guns: John Haynes (Hart) is known as "Hardwood" in the Northwoods town where he is the boss lumberjack. But his uncle bequeaths him a store in Louisiana, which he discovers to his dismay is the modiste shop. When Judge Meredith (Walt Whitman) needs a graduation dress for his granddaughter Caroline (Winifred Westover), but can't afford it, John comes to the rescue by offering to board at the judge's residence. There is a ball for Caroline, and John's crude ways make it difficult for him to impress her. His rival is the dissolute son of a rich family, and John ends up owing him a favor. Because of this he is forced to keep his mouth shut in regards to a scandal, and as a result he is accused of being its cause. But the truth in the matter is solved, the true character of the rich young man (or lack of it) is discovered, and the Meredith family welcomes John back to their home.