Cameo Kirby (1930)

Genres - Musical  |   Run Time - 55 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This early talkie is the third version of the popular Booth Tarkington play. It is set in the mid 19th-century and centers upon a good-hearted riverboat gambler who takes on a group of criminals in New Orleans during Mardis Gras when he rushes in to save a young woman from ruination. But she is a tough cookie and doesn't even thank him. Instead, she runs away. Later he meets her again after he wins her daddy's cotton plantation in a card game. None of the locals are pleased by the gambler's presence and he is nearly lynched.

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career, damsel-in-distress, drowning, enemy, father, frame-up, gangster, homosexual, investigator, lynching, Mardi-Gras, military-academy, mistress, politician, rape, rescue, riverboat, scandal, sex, wager