Paid in Advance (1919)

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During the silent era, the northwoods tales of James Oliver Curwood served as the basis for seemingly dozens upon dozens of films. Joan Gray (Dorothy Phillips) is the daughter of a Canadian fur trader (Joseph W. Girard). She has her choice of two men: one is named Batesse Le Blanc (Lon Chaney, not exactly the handsomest guy in the world, even without his makeup) and the other has the ominous moniker of "the Beast." The two men stage a duel and the Beast is killed. Joan is more than happy to leave the woods and accompany her father to Dawson City where Gold Dust Barker (Frank Brownlee) has offered him a business proposition. Gray dies along the way, and Joan finds herself alone at Barker's establishment, which is filled with rough men and the women who are all-too-willing to pleasure them. Then she discovers that the business proposition was merely a scheme to get her into Barker's den of iniquity. Joan fights valiantly for her virtue, but finally, to get away from Barker, she offers herself to the highest bidder. The winner is a miner named "the Cur" who, although drunk most of the time, still has some respect for women. To keep her, though, he finds it necessary to battle it out with Barker and his minions. the Cur goes through a regeneration and reunites with Joan a year later in Montreal.