The Kentuckians (1921)

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Author John Fox was known for his tales of the Blue Grass State and its mountain people. This romantic drama was based on one of his novels. Two men, the rugged Boone Stallard (Monte Blue) and aristocratic Randolph Marshall (Wilfred Lytell), are rivals for the heart of Anne Bruce (Diana Allen), daughter of the governor (J.H. Gilmore). Both men are members of the Kentucky legislature -- Stallard has won this position because his people in the mountains want emancipation. Anne favors him because she feels that Marshall is not a man of character. The Blue Grass aristocrats argue that the mountaineers are a crude bunch and their feuds are a disgrace. Stallard's brother (J.W. Johnston) pretty much proves them right by getting involved in one and killing the member of a rival family. He is sentenced to death for the murder. Stallard, meanwhile, has gotten in a fracas with some aristocrats, and Marshall jumps in to help him out. He also gets the sentence of Stallard's brother commuted. Anne sees all this and decides that Marshall is a good man after all. In the end, she chooses him over Stallard.

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brother, daughter, death, death-penalty, family, family-feud, feud, home, love-triangle, mountainman, mountains, peace, politician, rival, romance, rurality, sentence [penal system], blues-music