Fire Cat (1921)

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An erupting volcano (or at least the Hollywood version of one) was the special draw of this drama, even more so than its star, Edith Roberts. Dulce Alvarez (Roberts) is one of the Castillian aristocracy living in Peru. One afternoon while she is away, two robbers, Gringo Burke (the always villainous Walter Long) and Cholo Pete (William Eagle-Eye), attack her home. They murder Dulce's mother (Olga D'Mojean) and loot the house. The Alvarez's half-caste servant, Pancho (Arthur Jasmine) is of no help whatsoever. When Dulce returns and finds her mother dead, she swears vengeance and, as the Fire Cat, heads for the decadent village of Purisima. Dulce hope to find the killers there, but she also meets a handsome American geologist, Ross (Wallace McDonald). The eruption of a nearby volcano puts an end to the villains. Ross brings out Dulce's better side, and vice versa, and the two escape the volcano together.

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criminal, family-member, infiltration, murder, outlaw [Western], revenge, stalking