Assigned to write an article on the high price of food, reporter June Justice ( Elda Millar ) visits the tenement districts where there have been food riots and where the women of the neighborhood have rebelled against the food retailers, thinking that they are to blame for high food prices. June then visits the retailers, the middlemen, and finally interviews Henry Havens ( Wilfred Lucas ), the chief of the ring of food speculators. Havens attempts to bribe June to slant her story, but finds himself falling in love with her instead. Under June's influence, Havens sees the deprivation that his policies have wrought, and finally joins her in her push for legislation which would dissolve the food trust.
This 1917 silent drama was produced by the Triangle Film Corporation, starring Wilfred Lucas and Hedda Hopper ( credited as Elda Millar). Due to the inflation experienced at the time of the American entry into World War I, at the end of the film, there was an exhortation for the public to contact their congressman for the passage of a state distribution of food bill. The survival status of The Food Gamblers is now listed as lost.
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