Kiss (1921)

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Having nothing to do with the later Greta Garbo vehicle, the 1921 The Kiss was a sentimental melodrama set in Old California. Just as Don Luis Balderama (George Periolat) is about to announce the betrothal of his son André (William E. Lawrence) to the daughter of a neighboring landowner, the irrepressible boy elopes with Erolinda Vargas (Carmel Myers), the pretty offspring of Balderama's superintendent. Believing her reputation to have been sullied, the girl's proud father (J. P. Lockney) hunts down André and shoots him. The wounded boy's vaqueros take umbrage at this turn of events and storm the Vargas home, but Erolinda bravely holds them at bay. A recovering André comes upon the scene, sweeps Erolinda into his arms and with a kiss claims her as his bride. Filmed at Universal City, The Kiss featured blonde actress Jean Acker, the former Mrs. Rudolph Valentino, as the spurned neighbor girl.



aristocracy, danger, daughter, escape, jealousy, love-conquers-all, love-triangle, murder, protection