Prophet's Paradise (1922)

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This romantic adventure stars Eugene O'Brien who, when all was said and done, gained most of his fame for playing Norma Talmadge's love interest in many of her mid-1920s pictures. Howard Anderson (O'Brien) is a wealthy young American in Stamboul on the search for some excitement. Disguised as a Persian, he sneaks into what appears to be a slave market and pays sixty thousand dollars for a fetching young woman. The girl turns out to be a fellow American, Mary Talbot (Sigrid Holmquist, who was still being called "the Swedish Mary Pickford). Mary explains that her father is a scientist and she has been kidnapped and held for ransom -- on top of that, the "auction" was merely a ruse to get Anderson's money. Anderson and the girl have to escape from their tormentors, Hassard (Bigelow Cooper) and his accomplice, Kadir (Arthur Housman, for once not playing a drunk!). Eventually, they do get away, but they also are separated. Not to worry, however -- the pair find each other once again in New York.

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escape, gambling, kidnapping, love, princess, rescue, sightseeing, slavery