Shattered Idols (1922)

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aka A Bride of the Gods This exotic adventure drama was based on the novel, The Daughter of Brahma, and went through at least one title change before reaching the screen as Shattered Idols. Jean Hurst (Ethel Grey Terry), the widow of a British Army officer in India, hates her crippled son David (Frankie Lee) because she thinks he is a coward and a weakling. She sends him away to England for his education. When he returns to India (to be played as an adult by James Morrison), he falls in love with native girl Sarasvati (Marguerite de la Motte), who he saves from being burned on a funeral pyre. They marry and go to England, but she's not accepted in society. When Sarasvati learns that Diana, David's childhood sweetheart (Louise Lovely), still loves him, she allows a group of Hindu conspirators to take her back to India. She becomes involved in the uprising there and David goes after her. He risks his life to rescue her, but she is killed protecting him. Diana, who has come to India too, finds him grieving over Sarasvati's dead body.

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beauty [physical], bride, Britain, courage, father, fighter, freedom, freedom-fighter, idol, mother, native, Native-American, officer, Parliament, rescue, sacrifice, son, uprising