Son of the Hills (1917)

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Antonio Moreno stars in this wooden Vitagraph drama as Sandy Morley, a young man from the South who can no longer stand living under the same roof as his abusive stepmother. He leaves home only to become ill with typhoid fever. He is taken in and cared for by John Markham, a Northern business magnate. Markham offers to send his nephew, Lansing Hartford, to college if he works in his factory for a year; Hartford refuses, but Morley is quick to accept in his place. He graduates from the university with honors, and Markham sends him back to his home in the South to build a factory. Hartford, meanwhile, goes South as well and tries to stir up trouble with Jeff Crothers, a rival factory-owner (William Balfour). He also tricks Morley's former sweetheart, Cynthia Starr (Belle Bruce), into marrying him. Morley wins the trust of Crother's workers, and when an old flame of Hartford's shows up with a baby, Cynthia leaves him and returns to Morley.