Though not quite as popular as he'd been a few years earlier, Vitagraph leading man Earle Williams could still "open" a picture in 1918. In the Balance casts Williams as the younger of two brothers living in a remote rural community. When her car breaks down, actress Louise Maurel (Grace Darmond) takes shelter in the farm owned by the two siblings. Falling in love with the woman, the younger brother follows her to the Big City, where he tries to prevent her from marrying a bogus nobleman. Apparently unsuccessful, our hero heads wearily back home, only to find Louise waiting for him! In the Balance was inspired by The Hillman, a novel by the extraordinarily prolific E. Phillips Oppenheim.
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