When Dreams Come True (1929)

Run Time - 67 min.  |  
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A typical silent outdoors melodrama from poverty row producer Trem Carr and action director Duke Worne, this film starred Helene Costello, the sister of Dolores Costello. She played Caroline Swayne, a girl from the horsey set whose wealthy father (George Periolat) prohibits her from dating Ben (Rex Lease), the son of the local blacksmith. When Caroline refuses to comply, Old Man Swayne instead questions the boy's true parentage, and they come to blows. When Swayne is found murdered, Ben is charged and jailed. He escapes, however, and instead learns that the real killer is Swayne's crooked business partner (Ernest Hilliard). Despite starring in the first 100% dialogue film, Lights of Old New York, Helene Costello found fame fleeting and spent the remainder of her career on poverty row.