Roof Tree (1921)

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This mystery-melodrama stars William Russell. The husband of Sally McTurk (Florence Deshon, in her final film role) is murdered and her brother, Ken Thornton (Russell), goes hiding in the hills under the name of Cal Maggard. He is taken in by Dorothy Harper (Sylvia Breamer) and her father Caleb (Robert Daly), and they make him one of the family. Bass Rowlett (Arthur Morrison) becomes jealous of the attention Dorothy is paying to Thornton and sets out to have him killed. The attempt is unsuccessful, although Thornton is seriously wounded. He confesses his past to Harper and marries Dorothy. But Rowlett isn't done with Thornton yet -- he finds out about the murder of Sally's husband and fetches the sheriff. Thornton is arrested for the crime, but Sally reveals that she killed her husband in self-defense. Thornton is released, and he gives Rowlett a well-deserved trashing before settling down with Dorothy.

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false-accusation, hillbilly, love, murder, shotgun-wedding, stranger