Perch of the Devil (1927)

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Although she is primarily remembered as a foil for the comedy team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch worked in films, from comedies to heavy dramas all throughout the late 1910s and '20s. She stars in this Universal "jewel," which was based on a novel by Gertrude Atherton, a popular author of the era. Ida Hook is an ambitious dance hall girl who meets up with Gregory, a struggling miner (Pat O'Malley). They marry and he strikes it rich. Ora Blake, a scheming society woman (Jane Winton), decides she wants Gregory for herself and invites Ida on a European trip in the hopes that she will fall for someone else. Ora makes Ida appear cold and mercenary, which causes a rift between the couple. When Ida learns her supposed friend's true nature, they have a fight in a mine shaft. The shaft begins to flood, and Ida winds up dragging Ora to safety. She and Gregory are reunited.