Bootlegger's Daughter (1922)

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Although he spent most of the 1920s and 1930s as a director, on rare occasions Fred Niblo performed in front of the camera, usually alongside his wife, actress Enid Bennett. Here, Bennett plays the title role, and Niblo is the town's new minister. After a heated debate, a small town goes dry, and Jim Bradley (Melbourne McDowell) is forced to become a bootlegger. He runs a roadhouse and Reverend Charles Alden (Niblo) naively stops by for some lemonade. He is given something much harder to drink and winds up having a long conversation with Bradley's daughter Nell (Bennett). Nell, who has been raised to hate all religious folks, takes a liking to the new minister. When a booze salesman tries to seduce one of Alden's congregation, Nell steps in and saves the girl. In the end, Bradley admits that he helped sway the election because he knew he could make more as a bootlegger than if he continued to be legit. He dies, and Nell weds Alden.