The Huntress (1923)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |  
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This picture came out a mere month before Colleen Moore became everyone's favorite flapper in Flaming Youth. And her stardom didn't happen a moment too soon -- she had to work extra hard to add charm to this implausible comedy-drama, which was based on an equally silly novel by Hulbert Footner. Bela (Moore) is raised by Indians and is a young woman before they inform her that she is actually a white girl who was kidnapped from her parents. Now that she knows her true origins, she has no desire to marry within the tribe (a decision that smacked of the racism of the day), and leaves the tribe. She comes across a cabin where four men are staying, and decides that one of them, Sam Gladding (Lloyd Hughes), is her man. The other three guys become jealous and beat up Gladding, but Bela saves him by wrapping him up in a blanket and spiriting him away in a canoe. Gladding does not appreciate her pushy behavior and takes off to develop a claim. When he returns, however, he is frustrated to discover that she has staked him. Finally, an old Indian friend (Snitz Edwards) brings the two together and the romance belatedly blossoms.

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girl, love, native, Native-American, prospector, tribe