Dynamite Smith (1924)

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The meek and mild Gladstone Smith (Charles Ray) is a reporter for the morning edition. While following a lead on a murder case, he meets Violet (Bessie Love), the wife of the supposed killer, Slugger Rourke (Wallace Beery). Rourke finds them talking and beats up both of them. Violet, who is pregnant, asks Smith to accompany her when she runs away to Alaska. He does, and she dies after the baby is born. Rourke shows up and chases after Smith and the baby. Smith arrives at a small settlement where he is appointed sheriff. He falls in love with Kitty Gray, a restaurant cashier (Jacqueline Logan), but once again, Rourke shows up. This time Smith decides to face his tormentor and injures his own foot with an ax to keep from running away. He catches Rourke in a steel trap and lights the fuse leading to a load of dynamite so that they will both die. Kitty shows up and Smith saves her from the explosion. Rourke dies.