A Homespun Vamp (1922)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |  
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May McAvoy was on her way to becoming one of Hollywood's most popular stars when she appeared in this pleasant comedy-drama. She's Meg Mackenzie, the orphaned niece of two stingy Scotsmen, Donald and Duncan Craig (Charles Ogle and Guy Oliver). She's kept busy taking care of their home in the country, while they plan to marry her off to Joe Dobbs (Lincoln Stedman), the son of the village blacksmith (played, improbably, by character actress Josephine Crowell). A wrench is thrown in the Craigs' plan when author Stephen Ware (Darrel Foss) comes to the little hamlet in search of a quiet place to work. Meg immediately develops a crush on him and Ware's stay proves to be anything but quiet when there's a robbery and he is assumed to be the guilty party. A mob attacks him, and Meg steps in and saves his life. Her uncles happen to be away, and she takes him in while he recovers from his injuries. When they return, Donald and Duncan are infuriated to find Ware in their home, and they insist that he marry Meg to save her reputation. Not thrilled to be saddled with a little country girl as a wife, Ware reluctantly agrees, and takes her to his mother's home until the marriage can be annulled. Meg, however, is determined to win him over -- and she does. "The familiarity of the story may be overshadowed by the pleasure in watching Miss McAvoy," noted Moving Picture World.

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blacksmith, collapse, criminal, demands, girl, home, love, mother, orphan, outrage, plans, son, suspect, town, uncle, wedding, wound [injury], writing