Damaged Hearts (1924)

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This muddled, improbable drama was only interesting because it was shot in the swampland of the Florida Everglades. David, a young orphan (Jerry Devine), has a sister (Helen Rowland) who is adopted by a wealthy family, the Winfields. But the family's son mistreats David, and the girl dies of neglect. David goes to live in the Everglades, along with another embittered soul--a mother (Mary Carr) whose family died because of a careless landowner. Together they search for a hidden treasure. David grows up (now played by Eugene Strong), and is determined to exact revenge on the people that wronged him and his sister. When he holds up the son, Hugh Winfield (now played byThomas Gillen), he gets his chance. He kidnaps Hugh's wife, Edwina (Sara Mullen) and puts her to work at the shack where he lives. Edwina, however, grows to love her captor, and returns to civilization only because she hears that her husband is accused of murdering her. When she returns home, however, she discovers him in another woman's arms. Hugh goes looking for David, and finds him diving into the river, still in search of lost treasure. Hugh puts on a diving suit and goes after him. The two men battle underwater, and a hunchback--a denizen of the Everglades--stabs Hugh and kills him.



adoption, death, family-member, mother, neglect, orphan, revenge