Half Breed (1922)

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This murky, rambling Western was an adaptation of the stage play by Oliver Morosco. Cattle buyer Delmar Spavinaw (Wheeler Oakman) is the son of an Indian mother and white father. He is rivals with widower Ross Kennion (Hugh Thompson) for the hand of Evelyn Huntington (Mary Anderson). Evelyn doesn't know who she wants, but her friend Dolly Pardeau (Ann May) doesn't want her running off with Spavinaw so she tells him that Evelyn loves Kennion. Kennion, meanwhile, is trying to throw Spavinaw's mother off her land, though Evelyn's father, a judge (Joseph Dowling), refuses to help. So Spavinaw takes the law into his own hands and, with the help of some rough characters, ambushes Kennion and his men. A fight ensues in which one of Kennion's men is killed and Spavinaw finds himself the one being pursued. But he manages to make it over the border with Dolly, who has fallen in love with him.

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cross-cultural-relations, half-breed, judge, kidnapping, mother, prejudice, racism, stampede