The Power and the Glory (1918)

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This picture has nothing to do with the 1933 Spencer Tracy film, or its 1961 remake. It's an adaptation of a novel by Grace MacGowan Cooke. Because her poverty-stricken family is deeply in debt, Johnnie Consadine (June Elvidge) leaves her home in the Blue Ridge mountains and finds a job in a factory in Cottonville. Her hard work gets her promoted to forewoman, and the owner, Gray Stoddard (Frank Mayo), becomes romantically interested in her. Johnnie's uncle (Albert Hart), meanwhile, finds a silver mine. Pap Hines (Ned Burton), the owner of the boarding house where Johnnie resides, marries Johnnie's mother when he finds out about the strike. Then he puts Johnnie's brothers and sisters to work at the factory. Gray, believing that Johnnie is responsible for this, stops seeing her. Attempts are made to take the silver mine from Johnnie's uncle, but eventually his rights are returned to him. Gray learns the truth about Johnnie's situation, and the couple are reunited.