The Mystery of the Poison Pool (1914)

Genres - Adventure  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Adventure  |  
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Produced quickly and cheaply by Picture Playhouse productions, this 5-reel actioner begins in Darkest Africa, as a young explorer named Cameron is rescued from a cannibal stewpot by a British soldier named Walton. The story moves ahead several years, as the explorer and the soldier both fall in love with the same woman, a pretty missionary named Dorothy. Failing to recognize each other, the two rivals for the girl's affections spend most of their time at each other's throats. Thus, when Cameron is falsely accused of murder, Walton is eager to bring him to justice or, more specifically, to hang him from the highest tree. After a wild and hectic chase, Cameron and Walton finally recall the circumstances which first brought them together, years earlier. At the risk of capture, Cameron carries the seriously injured Walton back to the missionary hospital. This conspicuous act of selflessness, coupled with Dorothy's last-minute delivery of evidence proving Cameron's innocence, brings the film to an abrupt but satisfying denouement.

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adventurer, Britain, chase, fear, girl, killing, love, lynching, missionary, pursuit, rescue, struggle, suspect, unconscious