The Deep Purple (1920)

Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Director Raoul Walsh made a very busy version of the melodrama by Paul Armstrong and Wilson Mizner. But even if he tries to stuff too much into six reels, the acting by star Miriam Cooper (who was also Walsh's wife) stood out. Cooper is Doris Moore, a country girl who is conned by two crooks, Harry Leland (the miscast Vincent Serrano) and Pop Clark (W.J. Ferguson). They convince the naive girl to come with them to New York City and play the badger game on William Lake (Stuart Sage). But the intervention of Kate Fallon (Helen Ware), who runs the gang's New York home, saves the innocent and traps the guilty. Instead of tricking Lake, Doris marries him. A lot of money was spent on this picture -- a cabaret scene, for example, includes an elaborate tight rope performance by famed circus performer Bird Millman.

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