Desert Blossoms (1921)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |  
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William Russell plays a construction engineer who is held responsible for the collapse of a bridge. The actual culprit is the boss' weakling son Charles Spere, who bought defective materials in hopes of pocketing the rest of the building budget. Loyally, Russell covers for Spere, then drops out of sight. Later on, he resurfaces in a small western town, where his girlfriend Helen Ferguson recognizes him but refuses to turn him in. By and by, Russell is cleared, and a happy ending is had by all-except, presumably, that wimpy cake-eater Spere. The employer's wife is played by Margaret Mann, later immortalized as "Grandma" in the early-talkie Our Gang comedies Helping Grandma and Fly My Kite (both 1931).

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bridge [structure], collapse, construction, engineering, fidelity, guilt, identity, love, love-conquers-all, secrets, son