Rosary (1922)

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This was the second time Edward Rose's play was committed to celluloid (the first was in 1915). This Jerome Storm-directed version offered a fine cast and several deviations from the original plot which only enhanced its dramatic value. Spendthrft Kenward Wright (Wallace Beery, always a good villain) is cut out of his uncle's will. Instead, Bruce Wilton, an honest, hard-working employee (Robert Gordon), inherits the cannery and Wright's money. To make things even worse for Kenward, Bruce is engaged to pretty Vera Mather (Jane Novak). Kenward is determined to ruin things for Bruce, so he works with a thug, Donald MacTavish (Pomeroy Cameron) to first compete with, then blow up the cannery. When Kenward is discovered to be the one behind the explosion, a posse pursues him while a storm crashes down. He winds up in the church of Father Brian Kelly (Lewis Stone -- yes, the future Judge Hardy), where he shoot's Bruce's widowed mother (Eugenie Besserer). On the run again, Kenward plunges to his death in a river.

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fire, love, priest, romance