What Am I Bid? (1919)

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Director Robert Z. Leonard tries to fit his wife (Mae Murray) into a Mary Pickford mold here. Murray plays an animal-loving, mountain-bred daughter of a drunk whose lonely life is brightened by the appearance of a handsome stranger (Ralph Graves). When the girl is threatened by a lusty bartender, the stranger comes to her aid, but he is wounded in the ensuing fight. She nurses him back to health, only to have him snatched away by his wealthy family. But girl and boy are reunited by the film's end. While no Pickford, Murray made a fairly good show as the winsome girl ragamuffin -- and keep in mind that she was in her thirties when she made this picture.

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alcoholism, bartender, damsel-in-distress, family-disapproval, loneliness, love, rescue, reunion, stranger, wound [injury]