A Broken Doll (1921)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |  
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Tommy Dawes (Monte Blue) is a simple-minded young man who works on the ranch belonging to Bill Nyall (Les Bates). Dawes adores Nyall's little girl, Rosemary, who is crippled and must use a wheelchair (Mary Jane Irving). When he accidentally breaks her favorite doll, he sets out to a buy a new one, taking with him a 20-dollar gold piece which he has borrowed. Along the way he runs into an escaped convict who steals the gold piece and insists on changing coats with him -- the convict is wearing one he has stolen from Sheriff Hugh Bundy (Arthur Millette). Later Dawes runs into the convict again and manages to get the money back. Sheriff Bundy, believing that he is the convict, arrests him. Dawes manages to escape, and along the way meets Bundy's daughter, Harriet (Mary Thurman). Harriet goes to town and buys the new doll for him. The convict is rounded up and Dawes gets part of the reward money. He miraculously drops his simple-minded demeanor (one of the story's worst inconsistencies) and proposes to Harriet. Bundy gives his approval.

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capture, daughter, doll, employment, handicap, loot, love, man, outlaw [Western], property, ranch, reward, sentimental, sheriff