Produced byTriangle Film Corporation Duration CountryUnited States
DirectorAlbert Parker GenresSilent film, Drama film
LanguageSilent (English intertitles) WriterRobert Shirley (story) Release dateAugust 5, 1917 CastHedda Hopper (June Justice), Eduardo Ciannelli (The Italian), Russell Simpson (Samuel Sloane), Wilfred Lucas (Henry Havens), Mac Barnes (Police Inspector) Similar moviesThe Love of Sunya (1927), The Riverside Murder (1935), Sherlock Holmes (1922), The Rejected Woman (1924), Eyes of Youth (1919)
The Food Gamblers is a lost 1917 American silent drama film directed by Al Parker and starring Wilfred Lucas, Russell Simpson, and Elda Millar. The production was supervised by Allan Dwan. The plot involves the manipulation of the prices of food and other goods, similar to the inflation experienced at the time of the American entry into World War I.
As described in a film magazine, June Justice (Hopper), a reporter on the Globe, is given an assignment to expose the food gamblers and find out who is responsible for the high price for food. She meets Henry Havens, president of the food gamblers' trust, and one of the richest commissions men as well as the meanest. June and Henry find themselves falling in love, but because he will not make restitution for his grafting, June does all in her power to expose his methods. Henry is attacked by an employee that he had fired for stealing, and is thrown into a discarded ice box. He is left several days without food and for the first time appreciates what it means to be hungry. After he is released and regains his strength, he joins the fight against the manipulation of food prices and works for the passage of legislation which will provide for state distribution.
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.
Wilfred Lucas - Henry Havens
Hedda Hopper - June Justice (credited as Elda Millar)