Beloved Brute (1924)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 68 min.  |   Countries - United States  |  
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Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein

English-born character star Victor McLaglen made his Hollywood debut in this highly successful Western melodrama about brothers, separated in early childhood, who wound up as opponents in a side-show wrestling match. There is a dance-hall girl (Marguerite de la Motte) and the usual Western trappings but the film's true highlight is the climactic wrestling match between McLaglen and co-star William Russell, a battle that reminded several reviewers of the legendary slugfest in the first version of The Spoilers (1914). The Beloved Brute was directed with a great deal of verve by J. Stuart Blackton, one of the founders of the Vitagraph Company.



brother, dance [art], family-reunion, gypsy, reunion, wrestling-Greco-Roman