Hoodman Blind (1923)

Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 66 min.  |  
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While this isn't one of director John Ford's best early efforts, it does feature a thrilling storm and shipwreck. Gladys Hulette has a dual role. John Linden (Marc MacDermott) leaves his wife (Trilby Clark) because of a misunderstanding created by lawyer Mark Lezzard (Frank Campeau). He takes up with another woman and the wife kills herself. Linden marries the second woman (Regina Connelly) and has a daughter with her, while sending money to support the daughter of his first union. Unfortunately, Lezzard takes the money and uses it for his own means. Eventually Linden leaves his second wife, too, and many years pass before he begins to feel guilty about the daughters he left behind. Meanwhile, his first daughter, Nance (Hulette) has grown up in a fishing village to marry Jack Yeulette (David Butler), while his second girl, Jessie (Hulette again), has become a woman of the streets. Lezzard is trying to destroy Nance's life so that Jack will leave her and she will have to marry him. When he discovers that Jessie is her lookalike, he tries to use her to ruin Nance's reputation. His ploy is almost successful, but everything is cleared up when Linden saves Jessie from a shipwreck. Lezzard is punished for his dirty deeds, and the wayward father is reunited with both his daughters.