Fighting Shepherdess (1920)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama, Romantic Drama  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Pretty Anita Stewart stars in this rough tale of the West, based on the novel by Caroline Lockart. Kate Prentice (Stewart) grows up amidst the sordid atmosphere of a roadhouse run by her mother. When she is assaulted by the vicious Pete Mullendore (the ever-so villainous Walter Long), Mormon Joe (Noah Beery) comes to her rescue. Joe is a hermit sheepherder, and he takes Kate under his wing and teaches her the trade. Some people assume that she is Joe's mistress, and gossip starts. Easterner Hughie Disston (Wallace MacDonald) is unaware of the talk, and he falls in love with Kate. He promises to return for her as soon as he graduates from college. After he leaves, Joe is murdered and Kate is assumed to be the guilty party. Since there is not enough evidence to arrest her, she remains free, but it leaves a black mark on her already damaged reputation. Nevertheless, Kate becomes wealthy in her profession, and when Disston returns, he is not sure he likes it. Mullendore has acquired sheep holdings that rival Kate's, but when he is mortally wounded in a fight, he confesses that he was the one who murdered Joe. Kate is finally accepted into the community, and once again she wins Disston's love.