Rose of Nome (1920)

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This tale of the Alaskan wilds has all the cliched plot elements. Rose Donnay (Gladys Brockwell) is married to a brute. Jack Hilton (Herbert Prior) comes along and takes her away without bothering to tell her that he's murdered her husband. He opens a dance hall in Nome, where Rose works as a shill and lures miners to the roulette wheel. But her jaded demeanor is shattered when French-Canadian gold hunter Anatole Norse (William Scott) comes to town. A romance between the two develops. Finally a policeman comes around to question Rose about her husband's death. He believes her when she protests her innocence and looks to Hilton, who forces her to run off with him. Norse follows and a fight between hero and villain ensues. Hilton's death, however, comes at the jaws of a vicious dog (unfortunately, the filmmakers used a not very vicious looking Airedale for the part). The scribe responsible for the story was future screen vamp Barbara LaMarr, here billed as Barbara LeMarr Deely. Her writing was usually not this bad, although she did prove later on to be a better asset in front of the camera.