Sting of the Lash (1921)

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This drama has Pauline Frederick portraying a surprisingly independent woman for 1921. Dorothy Keith (Frederick) marries Joel Gant (Clyde Fillmore) because she loves him. But that love dies when Gant is forced to give up his mining company and becomes a mean-spirited bootlegger who drinks up all his profits. Dorothy, who has been raised in luxury in the East, winds up taking in washing to make ends meet. Living with the unhappy couple is Gant's ten-year-old niece, Chrissy (Evelyn McCoy). One night when Gant comes home drunk, he sets out to beat Chrissy with a whip. Dorothy, who has had enough of Gant's brutality, points a revolver at him and ties him up. Then she lets him have it with his own whip and turns him out of the house. He is arrested for bootlegging, and she returns East, where she finds work at a mining company. She becomes very successful and a lawyer wants to marry her. Gant eventually comes sniffing around, but Dorothy refuses to have anything to do with him. He resolves to reform, and his efforts impress Dorothy so much that they are reconciled.

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survivor, alcoholism, bad-guy-turns-good, bootlegging, claim-jumpers, cousin, land-scheme, mine, physical-abuse, poverty, riches-to-rags