Watch Him Step (1922)

Genres - Adventure  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Adventure  |  
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Richard Travers stars in this cheapie Northwoods melodrama. David Manley (Travers) shows his heroic nature right away -- he saves Jim, an orphan boy (Harry Foulds), from a brutal saloonkeeper and adopts him. Helen Allen (Muriel Kingston) is a great admirer of Manley's, but the evil Hart Sonley (Jack Thornton Baston) lusts after her. Sonley blackmails Helen's father (Charles Graham) into giving him her hand. When Manley is shot in the back and an Indian girl, Wauna (Ruth LaMarr), nurses him, Helen believes that the two are involved. But Manley is determined to give Sonley what he deserves, and the two become embroiled in a savage fight. Sonley tries to shoot Since Richard Talmadge -- famed for his fine stuntwork -- starred here, the title to this comedy-adventure-drama strongly hints at the action to come. Talmadge plays Dick Underwood, a penniless young man in love with Dorothy Travers (Ethel Shannon), whose family is far more well-heeled. Dorothy's disapproving father, John (Al Filson) has ordered his servants to keep Dick out of the house, but that's quite a task considering that he'll climb over, around or through just about any obstacle to get in. Finally Mr. Travers tells Dick that he and Dorothy can marry if he earns ten thousand dollars. This is not an easy task, and it gets more complicated when the nefarious Jack Allen (Colin Kenny), who wants Dorothy himself, gets involved. Both men land behind bars, but when Allen is released, he kidnaps Dorothy. Mr. Travers offers ten grand for her return and Dick, hearing this, escapes, finds Allen, and beats him to a pulp. Allen, who it turns out was a wanted man, winds up back in jail, while Dick earns the ten thousand -- and Dorothy.

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bad-guy, competition, family-disapproval, father-in-law, good-guy, love, rival