Man from Oregon (1915)

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Howard Hickman, best known to modern viewers for his brief appearance as Leslie Howard's father in Gone with the Wind, played the title character in the Mutual production The Man From Oregon. Hickman is cast as Honest John Martin, elected to the U.S. Senate by his fellow Oregonians on the basis of his promise to fight for their rights in Washington. Utterly incorruptible, Martin cannot be swayed by lobbyists, who out of desperation engage the services of a "loose woman" named Harriet Lane Clara Williams to seduce, compromise and disgrace the hero. Instead, Harriet falls in love with Martin, and helps him in his efforts to "throw the rascals out." A product of a simpler time, The Man From Oregon was filmed in an era when a man's political career could actually be destroyed by a sex scandal.