The Danger Point (1922)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |  
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In spite of its dramatic foundation, this Western sported a few comic touches. This, however, didn't hide the tired plot complications. James Benton (William P. Carleton) strikes oil out West and founds a prosperous town named after him. When Alice Torrance (Carmel Myers) comes from the East, she and Benton fall in love and marry. But Benton is wrapped up in his oil wells and she feels neglected. Benton's friend, Duncan Phelps (Vernon Steele), is more than willing to pick up the slack, but Alice only lets his attentions go so far. Nevertheless, she becomes fed up with her husband and chooses the night that his oil wells catch fire to leave him. After writing a farewell note, she boards a train, unaware that Phelps has also embarked. He shows up in her compartment just as the train wrecks. Benton comes back from saving his wells to discover that Alice is gone and that her train has had an accident. The relief train brings back Alice, unhurt, and Phelps, who is fatally injured. But before he dies he manages to attest to Alice's honor. Benton generously tells him there is nothing to forgive and he and Alice are reconciled. Joseph J. Dowling has a small role as a blind violinist, sort of a smaller, less mystical version of the character he played in The Miracle Man (1919).

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conflict, death, driver, farewell, fear, fire, house, husband, love, love-conquers-all, lust, marriage, oil, railroad, rape, suspect, tank [vehicle], town, train [locomotive], truth, victim, wife, woman