McGuire of the Mounted (1923)

Run Time - 53 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In this tale of the Northwest Mounted Police, William Desmond goes through his paces without a lot of enthusiasm (and, at the age of 45, he was getting a bit old for leading man roles -- "Desmond is getting heavy," Motion Picture News noted). Bob McGuire (Desmond) is a Mountie out to "get his man," in this case the leader of a band of opium smugglers. He has his eye on Big Bill Lusk (Willard Louis), proprietor of the local gambling house. But Lusk drugs him, and when he wakes up the next morning he finds himself wedded to dance hall girl Katie Peck (Vera James). McGuire is crushed by this turn of events because he is in love with Julie Montreau (Louise Lorraine), a pretty French-Canadian girl. Nevertheless he is determined to honor the marriage, even though Katie is in love with Lusk. Lusk shoots McGuire's superior and tries to lay the blame on the Mountie. But Katie, on her deathbed, reveals the whole plot. As a result, McGuire is able to close the case and reunite with Julie.

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alcoholism, chorus-girl, confession [criminal], drugs, marriage, Mountie (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), smuggling