The Eagle's Feather (1923)

Genres - Action, Romance, Western  |  
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Early silent screen matinee idol James Kirkwood starred in this romantic Western, which also offered a good role for veteran D. W. Griffith actress Mary Alden. Miss Alden plays a bossy female rancher who hires a war veteran (Kirkwood) as a ranch hand. She falls in love with him, of course, but he has eyes only for the woman's pretty niece (Elinor Fair). Enraged, Alden forces Kirkwood and Fair off her land but reconsiders her rash decision once the outcasts vanish in a blinding blizzard. Mary Alden is known in film history, not for this quickly forgotten Western, but as the mulatto housekeeper in Griffith's masterpiece The Birth of a Nation (1915). A smooth leading man type of the early 1910s, Kirkwood was the father to James Kirkwood, Jr., the songwriter-creator of the Broadway hit A Chorus Line.

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anger, blizzard, employment, home, hope, love-conquers-all, marriage, niece, property, ranch, return, search, train [locomotive], war, wedding