Snow Bride (1923)

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The credibility of this northwoods melodrama strains at the seams and even the usually excellent Alice Brady in the starring role can't do much to give it life. Annette Leroux (Brady) is the daughter of fur trader Gaston Leroux (Mario Majeroni). Annette and the sheriff, Andre Porel (Maurice B. "Lefty" Flynn), are in love, but their romance is interrupted by a murder. Indian Charlie (Nick Thompson), an unscrupulous fur trader, gets into a fight with Leroux and is killed. Paul Gerard (Jack Baston), a slimy alcoholic who has witnessed the murder, tells Annette that unless she marries him he will tell all. Annette agrees to the marriage, but plans to take poison before the wedding. Gerard accidentally gets his hands on the potion and drinks it instead. When he dies, Annette is accused of his murder and sentenced to the gallows. As she is led to the scaffold by Porel, Leroux confesses to Charlie's murder and claims he is responsible for Gerard's death. An avalanche conveniently destroys the gallows, and the townsfolk decide this is God's way of saying that Annette is innocent.



blackmail, damsel-in-distress, execution, false-accusation, love, marriage, murder, rescue, sheriff, witness