By Divine Right (1924)

Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A spectacular trains wreck -- courtesy of stock footage -- highlighted this otherwise pedestrian silent melodrama from low-budget producer Harry Asher. Mildred Harris, the first Mrs. Charles Chaplin, starred as a naive stenographer saved from the unwanted attention of her lecherous employer (Anders Randolf) by a young missionary (Elliott Dexter). The latter is soon falsely accused of an arson fire actually committed by Randolf but escapes prison due to the aforementioned train disaster. Assuming a new identity, the young fugitive obtains a position in Randolf's household where his "divine power" is eventually able to cure a crippled child (Jeanne Carpenter). Redeemed by this miracle, Randolf exonerates Dexter, who is free to begin a new life with Harris.

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