Midnight Alarm (1923)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |  
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This old-fashioned melodrama based on the play by J. W. Harkins Jr. was packed with fun and thrills. Silas Carrington (Joseph Kilgour) murders Thornton shortly after being made executor of his estate. He then tries to woo the widow, but Mrs. Thornton (Alice Calhoun) will have nothing to do with him. Finally, to get away from his attention, Mrs. Thornton takes her little girl and tries to flee, but she dies in an auto accident. The child is rescued but disappears. Her maternal grandparents, the Tilwells (George Pierce and Kittie Bradbury), spend years searching for her, as does Carrington. She turns up under the name of Sparkle (also played by Calhoun), a waif who runs a newsstand with the help of a crippled orphan, Aggie (Maxine Elliot Hicks). Carrington's attempt to destroy the papers, which identify Sparkle as the heir to the Thornton estate, are foiled by handsome fireman Harry Westmore (Percy Marmont). Carrington falls to his death while trying to escape a fire, the Tilwells reunite with their granddaughter, and Sparkle falls in love with Westmore.

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damsel-in-distress, death, escape, firefighter, gangster, rescue, stranded