Girl From God's Country (1921)

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Along with playing a dual role, Nell Shipman co-directed this adventure and wrote the screenplay -- not many women were allowed that kind of autonomy in the '20s. Too bad the picture didn't make more sense. Neeka LeMort (Shipman) is an untamed girl of the Canadian woods. Her no-good father gets himself in trouble and is nearly killed. Marion Carslake (Shipman again) is a wealthy society girl living in Southern California. There is a trans-Pacific aeroplane race, but Neeka's father has stolen plans from an old inventor (Walt Whitman) that will make the flight possible. After an earthquake the inventor regains his memory and realizes he is actually Neeka's father. Neeka gets tangled up with the society people and actually winds up in a fight with Marion -- a nice photographic trick in those less technologically advanced days. The rest of the film involves a series of thrilling, if confusing events, including a plane manned by a blind aviator, the recovery of the stolen plans and the eventual marriage of at least one of Shipman's characters.



betrayal, blindness [physical], daughter, family-reunion, grandfather, inventor, robbery, top-secret, tourist