Red Love (1925)

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Released by Poverty Row entrepreneur J. Charles Davis, Red Love was somewhat of an anomaly: an independently produced Western dealing with Native Americans. Made away from Hollywood, the film was the brainstorm of actor John Lowell, whose wife, Lillian Case Russell, provided the screenplay. Lowell (who sometimes billed himself John Lowell Russell) played Thunder Cloud, a college-educated Sioux warrior who becomes an outcast when he believes he has slain the villainous Bill Mosher (Wallace Jones). Thunder Cloud turns to stealing horses and cattle but always leaves behind a promissory note. Along the way, the outlaw falls in love with Starlight (Evangeline Russell), the half-breed daughter of Sheriff la Verne (William Calhoun), whom he abducts. They are followed by Little Antelope (F. Serrano Keating), a member of the Indian Police. When Thunder Cloud recognizes Little Antelope as his long-lost brother, the outlaw turns himself in. During the trial, it is revealed that Mosher wasn't slain at all and Thunder Cloud is free to marry Starlight. Somewhat inappropriately, Lowell's love interest was played by his real-life daughter, Evangeline Russell, the future wife of screen pioneer J. Stuart Blackton.