Second Hand Love (1923)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This stereotypical rural tale wastes the talents of Charles "Buck" Jones, who was far better off in Westerns, where he would eventually earn his fame. Here he is Andy Hanks, an itinerant fix-it man who comes to town with his horse and dog as his only pals. He falls in love with Angela Trent (Ruth Dwyer), a young woman with an air of mystery about her. The village miser, Seth Poggins (Frank Weed), wants her for his wife, and she does her best to avoid his pestering. When a man is seen entering Angela's home late one night, the whole town is scandalized. It turns out that Angela has a husband, and he burns down the library. Hanks is blamed for the crime and he is beaten when he refuses to confess. Eventually his innocence is established and the husband dies when he sinks into a bed of quicksand. Hanks saves Angela from the further attentions of Poggins by marrying her himself. This picture was one of the lesser directorial efforts early on in the career of William Wellman.

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bad-guy, bootlegging, damsel-in-distress, good-guy, husband, love, rival, romance