On the Banks of the Wabash (1923)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Film pioneer J. Stuart Blackton tempered his old-fashioned approach with some welcome slapstick moments in this melodrama, which contained just about every rural cliché in the book. Struggling artist Paul Bixler (Lumsden Hare) leaves his family to commit suicide but the village busybody (Marcia Harris) tells his wife, Anne (Mary Carr), that he has run off with another woman. Meanwhile, the couple's daughter, Lisbeth (Madge Evans) is heart-broken when her sweetheart, David (James Morrison), becomes infatuated with a city flapper (Mary MacLaren). The river floods the village, but the townsfolk are saved by Captain Hammond (Burr McIntosh) and his boat, the Sarah Jane. Bixler reappears to rescue his wife, and Lisbeth rescues David, who finally realizes that she's the one for him. The boat catches fire and is forced to go to shore, but everyone is safe and happy.

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