Night Message (1924)

Genres - Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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There certainly was nothing new about this tale of feuding rural families, but at least writer/director Perley Poore Sheehan added a novel twist or two. The fighting families here are the Lefferts and Longstreets, and Lee Longstreet (Charles Cruz) is in love with Elsie Lefferts (Gladys Hulette). Their relationship seems doomed when telegraph operator Lem Beeman (Edgar Kennedy) accidentally kills Elsie's brother Harney (Norman N. Rankow), and circumstantial evidence points to Lee as the killer. After Elsie's father (Howard Truesdell) tries to kill Lee himself, the young man is put on trial, convicted, and sentenced to death. Headed for execution, his mother (Margaret Seddon) goes to the railroad station and hears the truth from Beeman, who telegraphs a confession to the prison, but a storm blasts the wires. Beeman fixes them just in time to send the message that saves Lee, though he is electrocuted while making sure the wire goes through. The feud ends and nothing more stands in the way of Lee and Elsie's relationship.

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