Colorado (1921)

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In this adaptation of the Augustus Thomas stage play (he also wrote one called Arizona), the time frame has been updated to post-World War I. Frank Austin (Frank Mayo) shares a gold strike with Tom Doyle (Charles Newton), but gives it up to James Kincaid (Charles LeMoyne), his former commanding officer, in order to keep secret his misconduct in the service. Doyle, meanwhile, believes that Austin is having an affair with his wife (Lillian West), but the truth is he's really in love with their daughter, Kitty (Gloria Hope). Kincaid finally reveals that he has held Austin's honorable discharge papers the whole time, and Doyle discovers that Austin is interested in Kitty, not Mrs. Doyle. So Austin gets back his share of the mine, and the girl. This was the second time Universal Studios filmed this play; the first was in 1915, with Hobart Bosworth as Doyle.

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confession-false, dishonorable-discharge, honor [recognition], soldier