Bucking the Barrier (1923)

Run Time - 52 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Although he was a big star in the 1910s, by 1923, Dustin Farnum was starring in inexpensively made programmers. This one, from Fox, had settings in both the Klondike and in London society, and received some good notices. Kit Carew, a Klondike miner (Farnum), inherits a large English estate from his partner, Cavendish. When he travels to London, he meets Cavendish's beautiful daughter, Blanche (Arline Pretty, who was also a bit past her prime in 1923), and dissolute son, Luke (Leon Bary). Luke, scared of losing his comfortable lifestyle, tries unsuccessfully to have Carew bumped off. In spite of her dangerous sibling, Blanche falls in love with the miner, and they plan to marry. But she is left waiting at the altar and mistakenly believes she is being jilted. The romance over, a disheartened Carew signs the estate over to Blanche and returns to the Klondike. Luke shows up to cause more trouble, but Blanche, whose faith in Carew has been restored, also travels to the frozen north to reconcile with him.

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blindness [physical], brother, forbidden-love, gold, greed, inheritance, jilted, lawyer, love, murder, partner, prospector, rescue