The Spanish Jade (1922)

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This romantic drama (with a few comic touches) was filmed in Seville, Spain, the actual locale of the original novel by Maurice Hewlett (Louis Joseph Vance also wrote a play based on the book). The Don Quixote-like story involves Gil Perez, a handsome, young adventurer (David Powell), who saves pretty Manuela (Evelyn Brent) from the clutches of Esteban, a lusty gambler (Charles de Rochefort). The girl's wicked stepfather (Lionel d'Aragon) had sold her hand in marriage to Esteban, but when Esteban continues to pursue her, both Perez and an American, Oswald Manvers (comedian Harry Ham), come to her aid. The gambler accidentally kills himself and his father, Don Luis Ramonez de Alavia (Marc MacDermott), wants to see justice served. Manvers is accused, but to save him, Manuela takes the blame. It all winds up in court and Manuela is sentenced to life in prison. But some obscure Castillian law (perhaps made up back in Hollywood) states that a woman may be released if someone present is willing to marry her. Manvers offers himself, but Manuela ends up wedded to Perez. This tale was filmed once before, in 1915.