Reckless Chances (1922)

Genres - Adventure, Crime  |  
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J.P. McGowan certainly knew how to make his adventure films exciting on a shoestring budget. Even though this picture was obviously made on the cheap (it's shot almost completely out of doors, which makes it seem a bit old-fashioned for 1922), McGowan packed in enough thrills so that nobody really cared about its production values. Along with directing, McGowan stars as Terry Nolan, a railroad worker who is arrested for the theft of some ore from a train. He is innocent, however, and escapes. Instead of leaving town, he decides to stick around, mainly because of the charms of Nora Murphy (Dorothy Wood), the daughter of the superintendent (Andrew Waldron). Nolan had made Nora's acquaintance when her car crashed into a wagon, drawing the ire of its owners. It turns out that one of these men, Harry Allen (early screen villain Robert Walker), is the one who took the ore. Nolan puts the blame where it belongs and wins Nora, in spite of her father's opposition.



daughter, identity, marriage, metal, President, railroad, rescue, reward