Cast & Crew
After a spectacular college football career, John Harkless leaves the university to pursue a place in Indiana politics. He buys the failing Plattville Herald and, using the newspaper to expose various illegal activities, sets out to rid the county of all mobsters and corrupt officials. When a traveling circus comes to town, he uncovers a crooked gambling ring and drives away the fleecers. That night, returning from his sweetheart's house, he is badly beaten and left for dead by a gang of men. Believing that John has been murdered, vigilantes gather to avenge his death, but the identity of the perpetrators is in question. The evidence finally points to the White Caps, a band of thugs allied with Rodney McCune, a notorious local politician opposing John in an upcoming Congressional race. Before the angry mob clashes with the White Caps, John is located in a hospital emergency room. While he recovers, his girlfriend, Helen Sherwood, takes over the newspaper and cleverly concocts a way for John to win the election.
C. Norman Hammond
Helen Jerome Eddy
The film was re-released on May 18, 1919. Pre-release articles list Virginia Foltz in the cast and Dal Clawson a chief cameraman. A replica of an entire Indiana town was built for the production. In order to stage a rainstorm, 14,000 gallons of water were carted from a well three miles away. The midnight scene of the vigilante committee was filmed at night using fifty radium flares and ten Windfield Koerner lamps. Some Paramount records list Herbert Standing as Judge Briscoe; however, all reviews agree with the credits above.