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Associated Producers was comprised of Ince, Marshall Neilan, Mack Sennett, George Loane Tucker, Allan Dwan, Maurice Tourneur and J. Parker Read, Jr. Homespun Folks , which was originally scheduled as a Famous Players-Lasky release, was bought by Associated Producers in Aug 1920, and was its debut release. Contemporary sources speculated that Associated Producers was willing to pay Famous Players considerable money for the distribution rights because they believed it would be strong competition for Griffith's Way Down East . The working title of the film was Wheelbarrow Webster , which was the title of Julian Josephson's story. Josephson wrote another story entitled "Homespun Folks" which was not the basis for this film, although the title was used for this ... More Less

Associated Producers was comprised of Ince, Marshall Neilan, Mack Sennett, George Loane Tucker, Allan Dwan, Maurice Tourneur and J. Parker Read, Jr. Homespun Folks , which was originally scheduled as a Famous Players-Lasky release, was bought by Associated Producers in Aug 1920, and was its debut release. Contemporary sources speculated that Associated Producers was willing to pay Famous Players considerable money for the distribution rights because they believed it would be strong competition for Griffith's Way Down East . The working title of the film was Wheelbarrow Webster , which was the title of Julian Josephson's story. Josephson wrote another story entitled "Homespun Folks" which was not the basis for this film, although the title was used for this film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
11 Sep 20
p. 1617.
MPN
1 May 20
p. 3870.
MPN
11 Sep 20
p. 2135.
MPN
24 Oct 20
p. 13.
MPW
11 Sep 20
p. 168, 249-50.
New York Morning Telegraph
5 Sep 1920.
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New York Times
4 Oct 20
pp. 80-81.
Wid's
5 Sep 20
p. 2.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Wheelbarrow Webster
Release Date:
12 September 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Thomas H. Ince
Copyright Date:
14 September 1920
Copyright Number:
LP15542
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,803
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Caleb Webster, a stern farmer who will not sanction the presence of a "fool lawyer" in his household, turns his son Joel from his house, after which Joel settles in Gatesville. There he meets Beulah Rogers, the daughter of newspaper editor Pliny Rogers. When Rogers forces Hilary Rose, the Republican nominee for district attorney, to withdraw from the race because of his shady past, Joel is induced to run and wins the election. Rose, brooding over his disgrace, shoots himself in a drunken rage. Joseph Hargan, a discharged printer, witnesses the incident and, in an attempt to get even for his firing, accuses Rogers of the shooting. Joel is called upon to prosecute the father of the girl he loves but just before trial learns Hargan's motive, thus obtaining Roger's release. This infuriates the political bosses, who decide to tar and feather Joel. Before they can carry out their plan, Beulah forces Hargan at gunpoint to confess his act of perjury. The mob then releases Joel, who is forgiven by his stern father and wins the consent of Rogers to marry ... +


Caleb Webster, a stern farmer who will not sanction the presence of a "fool lawyer" in his household, turns his son Joel from his house, after which Joel settles in Gatesville. There he meets Beulah Rogers, the daughter of newspaper editor Pliny Rogers. When Rogers forces Hilary Rose, the Republican nominee for district attorney, to withdraw from the race because of his shady past, Joel is induced to run and wins the election. Rose, brooding over his disgrace, shoots himself in a drunken rage. Joseph Hargan, a discharged printer, witnesses the incident and, in an attempt to get even for his firing, accuses Rogers of the shooting. Joel is called upon to prosecute the father of the girl he loves but just before trial learns Hargan's motive, thus obtaining Roger's release. This infuriates the political bosses, who decide to tar and feather Joel. Before they can carry out their plan, Beulah forces Hargan at gunpoint to confess his act of perjury. The mob then releases Joel, who is forgiven by his stern father and wins the consent of Rogers to marry Beulah. +

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