Unseen Hands (1924)

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Wallace Beery displayed a special talent for playing villains, and he has an especially good one here. However, the other aspects of the picture, from the plot to the direction to the bad Indian makeup of Cleo Madison, don't live up to Beery's fine performance. Drifter Jean Scholast (Beery) goes to work for Armand Le Quintrec (Jack Rollens), a wealthy French mine owner. Le Quintrec falls ill and undergoes a delicate operation. Because Scholast shorts out the electricity, the lights go off during the operation and Le Quintrec dies. Scholast weds his widow (Fontaine La Rue), then sells all her belongings and flees to Arizona, constantly haunted by spirits wishing to avenge Le Quintrec's murder. But they aren't the only ones pursuing Scholast -- Le Quintrec's son, Georges (Joseph Dowling), is also looking for him. In Arizona, Scholast marries a squaw, Matoaka (Madison). Years later, Georges catches up with him and the men have a brutal fight. Georges is getting the worst of it until Scholast sees the spirit of Le Quintrec, sending him into heart failure and frightening him to death. Georges marries Scholast's half-breed daughter to give an upbeat note to the ending.

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bum, death, escape, family-member, fortune [wealth], husband, mine, revenge, son, widow/widower