Love's Boomerang (1922)

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Not every film John S. Robertson directed could be Sentimental Tommy or Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He also did his share of meat-and-potatoes films, and this comedy-drama starring some of Paramount's lesser lights was one of them. After the death of her mother (Sara Sample), artist Brian McCree (David Powell) adopts a little girl, Perpetua (Bunty Fosse). While visiting France, they hook up with a circus and travel with it until the girl is a teen. After that she is placed in a convent and when she returns to England as a young lady (played by Ann Forrest), McCree falls in love with her. But Perpetua weds a wealthy young man, Saville Mender (Geoffrey Kerr), hoping to save him from his addiction to alcohol. It turns out that her real father -- a nasty fellow by the name of Russell Fenton (John Miltern) -- is familiar with Mender. He poisons the young man and plans to let Perpetua take the blame. But his conscience gets the better of him and finally the truth is revealed. McCree has a revelation of his own -- he loves Perpetua as more than a daughter. Perpetua, as fate has it, returns his romantic feelings.

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adoption, artist, daughter, death, false-accusation, father, inheritance, love, mother, murder, poison, romance