Those Who Dance (1924)

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This melodrama was personally supervised by producer Thomas Ince, and, depending on how one looked at it, it was either anti-alcohol, or against the Volstead Act, which caused the bootlegging of bad liquor. Mary Kane (Lucille Ricksen) is killed during a wreck when the boy driving the car in which she is riding is blinded by bathtub gin. Her brother, Robert (Warner Baxter), swears to fight the bootleggers and becomes a prohibition officer. Meanwhile, Ruth Jordan (Blanche Sweet) comes to town, searching for her brother, Matt (Robert Agnew). Matt is working for rumrunner Red Carney (Matthew Betz). Revenue officer Blaney (Frank Campeau) is in league with Carney, and when another agent is killed, the two crooks frame Matt and see that he is convicted, though Ruth is determined to prove her brother innocent. She meets Kane and convinces him to pretend to be her sweetheart and together they gather enough evidence to save Matt. Carney discovers the ruse, but before he can kill Kane, a group of revenue officers arrive. Matt is freed, and Ruth and Kane discover they really do love each other. This picture was remade as a talkie in 1930.

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alcoholism, bootlegging, death, family-member, revenge, sister