Dangerous Maid (1923)

Run Time - 71 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Deft light comedienne Constance Talmadge seems woefully out of place in this historical drama of 17th century England. It was based on the Elizabeth Ellis novel, Barbara Winslow -- Rebel. Barbara Winslow (Talmadge) helps her rebel brother, Rupert (Ray Hallor), escape from the king's forces by disguising herself as him. Captain Prothero (Conway Tearle) captures her, but he has fallen for Barbara's charms so he lets her go. As a result they are both arrested and imprisoned. A secret door is found in the prison and all those who are locked up escape. Barbara manages to get pardons for herself and Prothero by giving up some papers exposing a plot that threatens the king. Prothero must leave the country, and Barbara gladly gives up her titled fiancé, Sir Peter Dare (Charles Gerrard), to go with him. Happily, Talmadge was cast in very few dramas -- those were generally left to her sister, "emotional actress" Norma Talmadge.

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captive, captor, corruption, escape, execution, false-accusation, fiancee, flogging, judge, Judicial-system, one-against-odds, prison, rescue