Cheated Hearts (1921)

Genres - Adventure  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Adventure  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Although the story to this drama -- based on the novel, Barry Gordon, by William F. Payson -- was ludicrous, female filmgoers were still able to admire the virile good looks of star Herbert Rawlinson. Rawlinson is Barry Gordon, who has inherited a love of drink from his father (Joseph Swickard). Because of this, he gives up his girl, Muriel Beekman (Marjorie Daw) to his brother, Tom (Warner Baxter), and goes to Paris. But then he finds out that Tom is missing is Morocco, so he goes to search for him. Muriel and her father (Winter Hall) are down there too, and she lets him know that she always loved him best. So they wed, and Barry discovers that his brother is being held for ransom. Barry offers up all his money, and himself, for his brother's release, and is accepted. A native girl, however, helps him to escape and although he gets lost in the desert, he is eventually able to return to Muriel. Somewhere along the way, apparently, he has conquered his taste f! or booze, so all ends well.

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alcoholism, argument, Bedouin, brother, father, fiancee, kidnapping, love, love-triangle, outlaw [Western], proposal [romantic], ransom, rescue, rival, son, victim