In order to give Ruth Shelton's ( Adelaide Holland ) infant son a name, newspaper reporter Jack Bradley ( Morgan Jones ) marries the young woman, who has been betrayed and discarded by another man. Years later, as an editor of a powerful metropolitan newspaper, Bradley is waging a campaign against "Big Jim" Garvan ( T. Henderson Murray ), the corrupt political boss of the town. Ruth's son Howard ( Jack McLean ), who bears Bradley's name, is in love with Garvan's daughter May ( Mae MacAvoy ). While attempting to uncover some scandal that would destroy Bradley, Garvan finds Tom Leighton ( Norman Acker ), Howard's real father. Garvan uses Leighton to blackmail Bradley, and as the election draws near, Howard discovers the truth of his parentage and, overcome with hate, kills his own father. At the trial, Howard is acquitted on the grounds that he was suffering from an inherited instinct of hate and was justified in the murder of his mother's persecutor. Bradley then defeats Garvan, and all ends happily as Howard marries May.
This 1917 silent drama was produced by the Fairmount Film Corporation from a screen story by J. Walter Meade, with filming shot on-location in White Sulphur Springs, Georgia. The survival status of Hate is listed as unknown, sadly suggesting it may now be a lost silent film.
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