River's End (1931)

Genres - Drama, Western  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The second of three versions of James Oliver Curwood's pulp fiction drama of a mountie and his separated-at-birth prey stars Charles Bickford as both Sgt. Conniston and accused murderer John Keith. The latter is persuaded to prove his innocence by impersonating his captor, who has conveniently died from a "frosted heart." Everyone at the Mountie outpost likes the "new" Conniston, especially the dead mountie's girlfriend, Miriam (Evelyn Knapp), who just happens to be the daughter of the commandant (David Torrence). This idyll, however, is rudely interrupted when a jealous rival (Walter McGrail) reveals that Conniston has a wife and child stacked away in faraway England, a development that forces Keith to show his hand. River's End had been filmed in 1920 as a vehicle for Lewis Stone and would be remade in 1940 starring Dennis Moore.

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assumed-identity, chase, convict, death, escape, escaped-convict, false-accusation, fugitive, identity, impersonation, investigation, killing, love, Mountie (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), murder, on-the-run, truth