Code of the Wilderness (1924)

Genres - Western  |   Countries - USA  |  
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More a romantic melodrama set on a western ranch than an out-and-out sagebrush tale, this Vitagraph silent features a couple of also-ran stars of the era, Alice Calhoun and John Bowers. She is the visitor from the East, he the handsome ranch foreman with whom she falls in love. There's a jealous fiancee (Alan Hale) and an equally resentful mountain girl (Charlotte Merriam), but in the end true love conquers all. One of Vitagraph's final stars, Alice Calhoun was noted for playing Lady Babbie in The Little Minister (1922). John Bowers, however, is remembered more for his spectacular suicide from drowning (he is said to have been the inspiration for the character of "Norman Maine" in A Star is Born) than for any of his many silent programmers.

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aunt, betrayal, cowboy, damsel-in-distress, foreman, jealousy, murder, uncle