The Great Divide (1924)

Genres - Western  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Two of the silent screen's major stars, beautiful blonde Alice Terry and British-born Conway Tearle, starred in this lavishly mounted MGM western about a woman saved in the nick of time from a fate worse than death at the hands of three rough miners (Tearle, Wallace Beery, and William Orlamond). Tearle suddenly feels remorse and not only saves her from his cohorts but proposes marriage. Having grown to love him, she accepts, but her parents disapprove. All that changes when the girl gives birth to a bouncy baby boy. Amazingly, this story, a barnstormer as old as the hills, could still sell tickets in 1924 and would do it again five years later in a new version produced by First National. The graceful Alice Terry (formerly known as Alice Taafe) was the wife of director Rex Ingram.

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bad-guy, damsel-in-distress, disapproval, family-disapproval, good-guy, lecher, love, pregnancy, proposal [romantic], rescue