Squaw Man's Son (1917)

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This Jessie L. Lasky production was a sequel to the pioneering feature film The Squaw Man; both properties, in fact, were based on novels written by Edwin Milton Royle. Wallace Reid stars as Lord "Hal" Effington, the grown son of the character played by Dustin Farnum in the original Squaw Man. Abandoning his ancestral British mansion, Hal returns to the dusty Western town of his birth, where he falls in love with college-educated Native American maiden Wah-na-gi (Anita King). Unfortunately, Hal neglects to inform his new sweetheart that he is already married (his wife is played by Reid's real-life missus Dorothy Davenport). Fortunately, Lady Effington is willing to give Hal a divorce, but when he finds out that his wife is hopelessly addicted to prescription drugs, he loyally returns to her side. Feeling abandoned, Wah-na-gi wanders off to commit suicide, only to be prevented from doing so at that last moment by her beloved Hal, whose wife has conveniently kicked the bucket.