Danger Ahead (1921)

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This Universal programmer features Mary Philbin, who was still fairly new to the screen and not yet the star of The Merry-Go-Round and Phantom of the Opera. Tressie Harlow (Philbin) lives with her Uncle Nate (George Bunny) and Aunt Deborah (Minna Ferry Redman) in a little fishing village. Because of financial reverses, they are compelled to take in boarders for the summer. The first ones are Mrs. Minot and her son, Norman (James Morrison), from the Boston social set. Tressie falls in love with Norman, but the fortune-hunting Della Mayhew (Emily Rait) comes to board, and she tries to force her own daughter, Dora (Helene Caverly), on the young man. Meanwhile, artist Robert Kitteridge (Jack Mower), a friend of Norman's, makes a play for Tressie himself. He manages to bring her to his studio in Boston, where he tries to have his way with her. But Tressie is saved by the arrival of his ex-girlfriend, an athletic vaudeville performer. In an unlikely climax, this muscular young lady proceeds to give Kitteridge a sound thrashing. Norman finally tracks Tressie to the studio and he fetches her. Back at the Harlows', they announce their engagement.

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artist, aunt, boarding-house, damsel-in-distress, girlfriend, love, rescue, romance, uncle