Calvert's Valley (1922)

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Considering the kind of material he was given, it's no wonder that John Gilbert was not very happy at the Fox studios. This humdrum Northwest melodrama was typical, and it seems especially tired coming right after the flashier Monte Cristo. Here, Gilbert portrays Page Emlyn, who accompanies Jim Calvert (Philo McCullough) to the family home. Calvert's fiancée, Hester Rymal (Sylvia Breamer), breaks up with him and later he dies after he falls off a cliff. Emlyn was in a blackout drunk the night Calvert died, and the widow Crowcroft (Lule Warrenton) tells him that he pushed his friend off the cliff. When he hears Calvert's mother bitterly accusing Hester of driving Jim to his death, Emlyn confesses to murder. He is put on trial but saved at the last minute when the widow admits that it was actually her half-wit son who killed Calvert. Judging from films like this one, the best thing Gilbert did for his career was to leave Fox and sign with MGM in 1924.