Defying Destiny (1923)

Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 72 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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When Beth Alden (Irene Rich), the daughter of the prominent local banker, goes on a hayride with Jack Fenton (Monte Blue), a terrible storm forces the couple to take shelter at the home of Jack's parents. Lightning strikes the house, and Jack rescues Beth from the blazing building. Jack escapes with his life but is hideously scarred and tragically loses his parents in the fire. Beth's grateful father gets Jack a job at the bank, but a scheming embezzler pins the blame on Jack when the books are audited. Although acquitted in the court, public opinion is against Jack,and he is forced to leave town. Later he is hospitalized when he suffers injuries in another fire, and a kindly surgeon (Tully Marshall) offers Jack the chance to have his features restored and he consents. With his scars removed, Jack returns home to seek revenge against the felonious financier who ruined his banking career. His efforts are halted by Beth when she professes her love for the man who saved her life.

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criminal, daughter, disfigurement, embezzlement, escape, false-accusation, injustice, lightning, love, makeover, rescue, revenge, romance, shelter, storm