God's Country and the Law (1921)

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A pert Vitagraph ingenue very much cast in the Mary Pickford mold and advertised as "The Girl with the Million Dollar Smile," Gladys Leslie tackled James Oliver Curwood's 1915 Northwest melodrama God's Country and the Woman in 1921 with a slight title change and under the direction of the venerable Sidney Olcott. Gladys played Marie Beauvais, whose husband (Fred C. Jones) takes in a renegade whisky runner, Jacques Doré (William H. Tooker). The latter, however, is turned away when he forces his attentions on Marie. The villain returns on a night when Marie is alone in the cabin and kidnaps the girl. She escapes and is found unconscious by neighbor girl Oachi (Hope Sutherland), another of Doré's victims. Driven mad with fear, Doré sees Marie in a vision before succumbing to the elements. Although already hopelessly unfashionable by 1921, God's Country and the Law was resurrected by Warner Bros. in 1937 as a vehicle for Beverly Roberts.

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crisis-of-conscience, daughter, escape, kidnapping, Mountie (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), refuge, wilderness