Dangerous Paths (1921)

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The popular action team of Benjamin F. Wilson and Neva Gerber was rather subdued in this low-budget society melodrama directed by Western specialist Duke Worne. Gerber played Ruth Hammond, who rather than being forced by her stepmother to marry cruel Silas Newton (Joseph W. Girard, who also supplied the screenplay), moves in with her girlfriend Violet (Edith Stayart). Newton follows her there and she has him thrown out of the hotel. False rumors finally drive the desperate Ruth to seek shelter with kindly Pastor Emerson (Wilson), who has long loved her from afar. In a sermon, Emerson denounces Ruth's vilifiers and she is welcomed back home by her repentant stepmother (Helen Gilmore). A rather odd choice for the action-oriented Wilson, Dangerous Paths was released by the actor-producer's own company, Berwilla.

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arrest, city-life, damsel-in-distress, escape, eviction, false-accusation, first-love, housekeeper, love, minister, poverty, reunion