Love Mask (1916)

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Jeanie MacPherson, who later wrote many a screenplay for Cecil B. DeMille, penned the original story for the Jesse Lasky production The Love Mask. Somewhat reminiscent of The Girl of the Golden West, the story concentrates on the romance between frontier girl Kate Kenner (Cleo Ridgely) and a dashing outlaw known only as Silver Spurs (Earle Foxe). To throw the authorities off the track, Kate disguises herself as her masked-and-caped sweetheart, riding off in one direction while Silver Spurs makes his escape. The plot is full of unintentionally amusing moments, notably a scene in which the hero manages to steal twenty kegs of whiskey single-handedly. In some cities, The Love Mask was marketed as a Wallace Reid vehicle, though Reid's contribution to the film was comparatively minimal.

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damsel-in-distress, gold, land-scheme, land-war, love, outlaw [Western], rescue, romance, sheriff