The Girl of the Golden West (1915)

Genres - Romance, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Traditional Western  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The hoary old David Belasco stage operetta is given the full DeMille treatment in this classic silent western starring Mabel Van Buren as the saloon hostess who loses her heart to a notorious highwayman (House Peters). The Lasky Company's wonderful character man Theodore Roberts played sheriff Jack Rance, who loves the girl and instigates the climactic card game that will determine the fate of all three of them. If she wins, the girl's lover will go free; if she loses, she belongs to Rance. DeMille was called the Belasco of moving pictures, and the story was a natural for his flamboyant talent. It was also an enduring success, and there were three remakes: in 1923 (starring Sylvia Breamer), 1930 (starring a miscast Ann Harding) and, finally, the lavish 1938 musical starring Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy.

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fate, outlaw [Western], saloon, sheriff, woman, cards, poker, gold-rush, love, west