Flower of the North (1921)

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Vitagraph touted this seven-reel tale of the Northwest -- based, like many Northwest adventure films, on a James Oliver Curwood story -- as a "super-feature." In reality it was standard melodramatic fare that contained enough thrills to run longer than the usual five reels. Two men, Philip Whittemore (Henry B. Walthall) and Thorpe (Harry Northrup) both go to the Northwest to gain the right-of-way for their railroad company from D'Arcambal (Emmett King). Whittemore arrives first and D'Arcambal refuses to meet with him until he saves his daughter, Jeanne (Pauline Starke) from going over the rapids. Then Thorpe arrives and tries to use force by kidnapping Jeanne and insisting that he is her father. It comes out that Thorpe actually did run off with D'Arcambal's wife years before. But a half-breed, Pierre (Joe Rickson), proves that Jeanne really is the daughter of D'Arcambal. The captive Jeanne is able to light a signal fire so that the Native Americans will rescue her. Eventually she and Whittemore are married.

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child, half-breed, land-scheme, land-war, railroad, rescue, unscrupulous