Over the Border (1922)

Genres - Adventure, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film  |  
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In the days before air-conditioned theaters, this action-packed tale of the frozen Northwest was a welcome summer release. Its subject matter -- bootlegging -- was also a popular one in the days of the Volstead Act, better known as Prohibition. Sergeant Tom Flaherty of the Northwest Mounted (Tom Moore) is in love with Jen Galbraith (Betty Compson). One significant factor, however, impedes their romance -- Jen's father Peter Galbraith and brother Val (J. Farrell MacDonald and Casson Ferguson, respectively), are whiskey-runners, and Flaherty is duty-bound to arrest them. When she knows that Flaherty is on her way to her father's tavern, she tries to warn them, but fails. Flaherty nabs both men, who are released on bail. While waiting to be tried, Galbraith plans one last run. While trying to get it under way, Val gets in a fight with Snow Devil, a stool pigeon for the Mounties (Sidney D'Albrook). He kills Snow Devil and Flaherty is ordered to track him down. Flaherty stops at the Galbraith tavern to deliver orders involving Val's arrest and is drugged. Jen, not realizing the contents of the order, puts on his Mountie outfit and goes through a blizzard to deliver them herself. Flaherty, however, finds himself in a situation where he saves the lives of Val and Galbraith, and he and Jen are reunited. This picture was adapted from the Sir Gilbert Parker novel, She of the Triple Chevron



daughter, killing, love, rumrunners, storm