Ten Nights in a Bar Room (1922)

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The famous play on which this melodrama was based had been around for over half a century. Just about everyone in the U.S. knew the plot, so to add interest, scenarist L. Case Russell) changed the locale from the city to the Northwest and added a climatic scene in which a log jam breaks and the logs head for the rapids. John Lowell plays Joe Morgan, whose unfortunate taste for the bottle makes him worthless as a man and a father. Morgan's mill is stolen from under him and his anger explodes while he's in the bar. A brawl breaks out, and his little daughter, Mary (Baby Ivy Ward), who has come to fetch him, is hit with a glass. The blow kills her and he is determined to seek revenge for both the loss of the mill and her death. The villains get theirs when the saloon burns to the ground. When the main badguy winds up in the rapids along with Morgan and the logs, only Morgan is saved. Ten Nights in a Barroom had been made into a film once before, in 1913; it would be remade as a talkie in 1931 with William Farnum as the star.



enemy, hero, honor [recognition], humiliation, rescue