Woman's Side (1922)

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This mediocre drama was a typical Katherine MacDonald potboiler. Judge Gray (Dwight Crittenden) is running for governor, but he is strongly opposed by "Big Bob" Masters (Wade Boteler). Masters threatens to go to the papers with an incident in Gray's past if he does not pull out of the campaign. Gray's niece, Mary (MacDonald), gets involved in the situation because on one hand, she loves Theodore Van Ness, a reporter for the paper (Edward Burns), but on the other hand, she wants to protect her uncle. Desperate to keep Gray's name clean, Mary goes to Master's office and threatens to kill herself there. There is an altercation and Mary is shot by someone outside the window. In the end, Masters decides not to go ahead with the news item which, it turns out, was not particularly scandalous anyhow. MacDonald's fame came more from her looks than any acting talent (she was known as "the American Beauty"). Her undistinguished career as a star lasted until the mid-'20s.

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daughter, election, father, judge, newspaper, newsperson, political-corruption, politician, reporter