Serenade (1921)

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This slow-moving, romantic adventure was certainly a family affair -- the director was Raoul Walsh, the star, Miriam Cooper, was his wife, and her co-star, George Walsh was Raoul's brother, who had recently left the Fox Studios. The story supposedly came from Maria del Carmen by Felin y Condina, but several film critics noted that it was remarkably similar to a recent Broadway musical, Spanish Love. At any rate, the story ran thusly: Maria del Carmen (Cooper) lives in Magdelena with her mother (Rosita Marstini). Even though she is poor, she has won the love of the governor's son, Pancho (George Walsh). But the governor is overthrown by El Capitan Ramirez (Noble Johnson) and his gang, and they put Don Domingo (Josef Swickard) in his place. Domingo's son, Ramon (Bertram Grassby) also falls for the beautiful Maria and the two men fight a duel for her hand. Pancho wounds Ramon and is forced to flee, which is just fine with Maria's mother, who wants to see her daughter marry into wealth. Pancho is captured, but escapes once again during a counter-revolution. Ramon dies and Pancho finally winds up with Maria. In her autobiography, Dark Lady of the Silents, Miss Cooper is characteristically blunt about her brother-in-law's acting talents: "I always dreaded a scene with George; he was such a lousy actor. He was like a stick." The two of them never worked together again.

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aristocracy, duel, escape, governor, kidnapping, love, love-triangle, mother, rescue, rival, self-sacrifice, son