Country Beyond (1926)

Run Time - 58 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The Country Beyond is another "Northwest Mountie" opus from the pen of James Oliver Curwood. Filmed on location in Canada's Jasper National Park, the story focuses on Valencia (Olive Borden), an orphan girl left in the care of the abusive Hawkins family. Fugitive from justice Roger McKay (Ralph Graves) stumbles onto the Hawkins' property, where he immediately falls in love with Valencia. When Mr. Hawkins is killed by his long-suffering spouse, Roger assumes that Valencia committed the murder, confessing to the crime when the Mounties come calling. The plot then goes off on another tangent entirely, as Valencia finds success as a stage actress under the auspices of theatrical impresario Henry Harland (Lawford Davison). Lovable old Mountie Sergeant Cassidy (J. Farrell McDonald) shows up backstage one evening, where for no discernible reason he kidnaps Valencia and spirits her back to Canada. The reason for Cassidy's seemingly unmotivated act is explained at the end, as the sergeant presides over the reunion of Valencia and the now-exonerated Roger McKay.

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abuse, actor, confession [criminal], confession-false, false-accusation, fugitive, kidnapping, love, Mountie (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), murder, orphan, reunion, romance, spouse