Moonshine Valley (1922)

Genres - Drama, Western  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Veteran director Herbert Brenon helmed this typically moralistic western tale starring William Farnum as a prospector who turns to alcoholism when his wife abandons him for a slick medico. The hardened lush later takes in a wayward little girl, whose love for him restores his faith in humanity. The child, however, belongs to the adulterous doctor, who returns to claim her. Farnum shoots his rival in self defense, after which he reconciles with the philandering wife for the sake of the child. The most interesting aspect of this otherwise old-fashioned tearjerker is the child actress playing the wayward little girl. Four-year-old Dawn O'Day grew up to become Anne Shirley, having adopted the new moniker from the character she portrayed in perhaps the definitive 1934 version of the endurable Anne of Green Gables.

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alcoholism, daughter, doctor/nurse, enemy, kidnapping, lost, love, moonshine, wife