Padlocked (1926)

Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Padlocked began as a serial for Cosmopolitan magazine, written by Rex Beach. After only a couple of chapters were published, Famous Players Lasky bought the rights to the story, reportedly for $100,000. Why the studio would pay so much for this utterly common (at least for its era) narrative is a mystery. It involves a minister/reformer (Noah Beery) who is so self-righteous that he sends his own daughter (Lois Moran) to a reformatory. Rebelling against her father's unreasonable strictness, she runs off to the big city and becomes a cabaret performer. The reformer has to reform himself if he wants to save his daughter from perdition and big-city womanizers. This is not one of director Allan Dwan's more distinguished films.

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family, generation-gap, minister, rebel, rescue