Drifting (1923)

Sub-Genres - Crime Drama  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |  
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Priscilla Dean made a name for herself at Universal by playing charming female crooks in a number of films. The character of Cassie Cook is not so charming, however, and this unsympathetic role lost her a few points. Cassie is a mercenary opium smuggler, plain and simple. She is in China with Jules Repin (Wallace Beery) to make a killing in the drug business. Captain Jarvis (Matt Moore) is also in China on account of opium, only he's a government agent who is trying to put a halt to the smuggling. Cassie and Repin try to get him out of the way, but when Cassie falls in love with him, she decides to go straight. She is caught between Jarvis and her confederates and when the crooks manage to obtain some secret information, Jarvis loses his faith in her. A battle between the government men and the smugglers results in the burning of a village. Cassie, who has finally proved her honesty, wins Jarvis' trust once again. This picture was based on the stage play by John Colton which starred Alice Brady on Broadway.

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drugs, on-the-run, police, poverty, smuggling, survivor