Hands of Nara (1922)

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Like the highly successful 1919 drama, The Miracle Man, this picture (based on the book by Richard Washburn Child), concerns a faith healer. But that's pretty much where the similarities end and this poorly structured, episodic film did little for Clara Kimball Young's sagging career. Young plays Nara Alexieff, a Russian refugee who comes to the States and makes a splash in society circles. However, she is concerned that the extravagance she sees around her may precipitate a revolution just like it did in Russia. She has met Connor Lee (Edwin Stevens), who convinces her that she has the power to heal, and she forsakes her newfound friends. Although she firmly believes in her powers, scientist Emlen Claveloux (Elliott Dexter) -- who she loves -- wants to expose her as a fake. But then his mother (Eugenie Besserer) falls ill and his father, a doctor (John Milterne), begs Nara to help her. Mrs. Claveloux recovers, and Emlen finds himself strangely drawn to Nara. It's nothing mysterious, really -- he's merely found that he loves her after all.



doctor/nurse, faith-healing, mistaken-identity, royalty, widow/widower, wife