Leopardess (1923)

Run Time - 56 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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What was Paramount thinking when it cast ladylike Alice Brady as a white girl raised amongst South Sea savages? This ludicrous romance was also a clinker for Montagu Love, one of silent cinema's most reliable villains. Scott Quigg (Love) claims he can tame any living thing and finds his biggest challenge while sailing on his yacht through the South Seas. He finds Tiara (Brady), the daughter of a bootlegger who has grown up with the natives. He offers Angus McKenzie, the girl's drunken father (Charles Kent) a case of whisky for her, and he agrees, provided there is a marriage ceremony. So Quigg marries Tiara, but on the voyage back to New York, he treats her so cruelly that his skipper, Captain Croft (Edward Langford), comes to her defense. For this infraction, Quigg tosses him in the ocean. Back at his home on the Hudson, he shows off his bride as if she were a possession, not unlike his pet leopardess. Croft shows up at Quigg's home, and when Quigg realizes that he can never make Tiara love him, he releases the leopardess from her cage, expecting the beast to kill both his bride and the intruder. But instead the leopardess kills Quigg, and Tiara and Croft are left together.

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bad-guy, big-game-hunt, bride, captain [military], daughter, expedition, marriage, rescue, sadist, superstition