Love's Whirlpool (1924)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Drama  |   Run Time - 67 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The off-screen husband-and-wife team of James Kirkwood and Lila Lee played just that in this silent crook melodrama from low-budget Regal Pictures. They are both hardened criminals, however, and when Kirkwood's younger brother (Robert Agnew) is killed during a prison break, they kidnap the daughter (Madge Bellamy) of the bank president who had caused the kid to be jailed in the first place. The innocent young girl suffers memory loss from a boating accident and caring for her softens Lee's heart. The erstwhile girl crook persuades her husband to return the girl to her father and they both reform. Kirkwood and Lee, whose marriage lasted from 1923 to 1929, became the parents of James Kirkwood, Jr., the creator of Broadway's A Chorus Line. Blonde, doll-like Madge Bellamy appeared in this film in between her greatest successes, Lorna Doone (1921) and The Iron Horse (1924). Today, she is best remembered as Bela Lugosi's inert victim in the near-classic White Zombie (1932).

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amnesia, brother, daughter, family-member, gangster, imprisonment, kidnapping, revenge