Power of Love (1922)

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While there wasn't much interest in 3-D films until the 1950s, even in the silent era filmmakers were taking an occasional stab at it. This drama of California's Spanish days was shot in "stereoscopic relief," and, like the films 30 years hence, it required special glasses for viewing. While the story was nothing terribly original, there were a couple of star names in the cast, making it something more than a mere novelty. Because of his financial trouble, Don Almeda (Noah Beery) promises his daughter, Maria (Barbara Bedford), to Don Alvarez (Albert Prisco). But Maria does not love Don Alvarez, and, in fact, she falls in love with Terry O'Neil (Elliott Sparling), a stranger who has been wounded by robbers associated with Alvarez. O'Neil takes Alvarez's place at a masked ball. Alvarez, in turn, robs the old Padre (John Herdman) of some pearls and stabs him to deal with O'Neil's knife. He then accuses O'Neil of the murder and tries to shoot him, but wounds Maria instead, because she has thrown herself in front of him. Maria recovers, and, after proving that Alvarez is a thief and a killer, weds O'Neil.