The Red, Red Heart (1918)

Genres - Drama, Western  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A college-educated Native American (Monroe Salisbury) returns to his homeland to work on an irrigation project in this early silent western. He saves the boss's niece (Ruth Clifford) from being bitten by a tarantula, and the two fall in love. Although suffering from a nervous condition, she refuses to return to the healing desert with the Indian, who instead turns to kidnapping. Once in the wilderness, love blooms again, and the two are eventually married. Leading lady Clifford, a teenager when she made this film, told this author how uncomfortable she felt making cinematic love to the middle-aged, heavily made up Salisbury, whose toupee kept getting in the way. Despite those handicaps, the pair made half-a-dozen films together, mostly westerns.

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rescue, accident, attraction, chase, church, college, couple, cure, damsel-in-distress, desert, diner, disorder, employment, family, homecoming, homeland, irrigation, kidnapping, love, marriage, native, Native-American, niece, project [plan], return, suffering, tarantula, victim, girl