Eyes of the Totem (1927)

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Wanda Hawley was miscast in this Northwest melodrama, in which she plays the mother of Anne Cornwall, an actress who was all of two years younger. When miner Hardy returns from the gold country, he is mysteriously murdered. His wife, Miriam (Hawley), becomes determined to find the killer, her only clue being his distinctive, sinister eyes. Toby, a professional beggar who pretends to be blind (Bert Woodruff), tells Miriam a superstition that everyone must eventually face the scrutinizing "eyes of the totem," so she becomes a beggar herself and keeps a lookout for him. It turns out that the murderer, Philip La Rue (Thomas Santschi), has designs on Miriam's daughter, Betty (Cornwall), who was raised away from home. The girl has grown up to be a stylish young woman, and when La Rue is exposed, and her mother shows up in beggar's clothes, she gets a double shock. Gareth Hughes plays Betty's protective sweetheart.