The Keeper of the Bees (1925)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Gene Stratton-Porter's 1875 novel was still very widely read 50 years later, when it was made into a motion picture. James MacFarlane (Robert Frazer) is a disabled war veteran who is told he has only a few months to live. He leaves the hospital and wanders the countryside until he meets and befriends an old beekeeper (Joseph Swickard). When the beekeeper dies, he leaves his business to MacFarlane. A neighbor girl tricks him into marrying her under her errant sister's name so that he can give a name to the girl's unborn child. The sister dies in childbirth. With the help of Mrs. Cameron (Martha Maddox), MacFarlane regains his will to live, and eventually he is able to settle down with the girl he thought he married in the first place. The Stratton-Porter story would be filmed again in 1935 and 1947.

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bachelor, beekeeping, con/scam, disease, marriage, romance, seduction