The Spider and the Rose (1923)

Genres - Adventure  |   Countries - USA  |  
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For this tale of old California, producer Benjamin F. Zeidman put together an all-star cast. The governor of California (Joseph J. Dowling) relies on his trusted secretary, Mendoza (Robert McKim), for many of his decisions. But Mendoza uses the governor's faith in him to have him ousted from office. When Mendoza takes over rulership, the Governor's son, Don Marcello (Gaston Glass) joins up with a group of revolutionists. Paula, Don Marcello's sweetheart (Alice Lake), accidentally gives away Marcello's new association and this results in the arrest of many of the revolutionaries. Marcello's comrades believe he is a traitor, and several of them throw him into the sea. He is rescued by a fisherman, and when he discovers the whereabouts of his arrested associates, he helps them to escape. With their help, Mendoza is usurped from power, and the old Governor takes over his old post. In spite of the misunderstanding, Don Marcello and Paula are united.

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against-the-system, bad-guy, good-guy, government, governor, homecoming, oppression, revolution, secretary, son