Love's Redemption (1921)

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In 1922 Norma Talmadge was one of the most popular stars of the silent screen, but every now and then she'd wind up in a clinker; this cliched drama, made shortly before her production company moved from the East to the West Coast, was certainly one of them. Even Anthony Paul Kelly, a noted playwright and scenarist, couldn't do much with the story, which was based on a novel, On Principle, by Andrew Soutar. Jennie Dobson, a Jamaican native (already it's obvious that Talmadge is miscast), is housekeeper for Clifford Standish, the alcoholic younger son of British nobles (perennial leading man Harrison Ford). Jennie helps him win his battle with the bottle and he proposes. But just then word arrives that he has inherited a fortune. He marries Jennie anyhow and brings her back to England. Once she's thrust into civilization, Jennie miraculously acquires the ability to wear fancy clothes and behave stylishly. Nevertheless, Standish's family is mortified that he has marr! ied a Jamaican girl and they snootily insist that there is no way she can fit into proper society. Eventually the couple agrees with them and they return to Jamaica where it is assumed that they live happily ever after.

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alcoholism, aristocracy, Britain, brother, couple, doctor/nurse, exile, family, forbidden-love, fortune [wealth], inheritance, island, killing, love, orphan, redemption, rescue, sailing, sailor, silence