The Faith Healer (1921)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |  
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This dreary drama would never have been made into a motion picture if The Miracle Man had not been such a big hit. Because of his complete trust in a Divine Power, Michaelis, a shepherd (Milton Sills), has acquired powers to heal the sick. One woman he treats, Mary Beeler (Fontaine La Rue), has a niece, Rhoda Williams (Ann Forrest), and Michaelis falls in love with her. But Rhoda is a fallen woman, having lived with a doctor without the benefit of a marriage contract. Throngs of suffering believers gather at Mary's home to be healed, but Michaelis has lost his powers. Rhoda believes that she is the cause because of her sinful past, and she confesses to the crowd. But they think that Michaelis is a fake and he is stoned out of the village. Michaelis -- who also believes that his relationship with Rhoda has sapped him of his powers -- comes to realize the strength of her love for him. He finally figures out that his lack of faith in that love was the problem. His powers return in time to bring an infant back to life, and he and Rhoda reunite.

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faith-healing, love