The Golden Princess (1925)

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Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein

Starring the waif-like Betty Bonson -- still flush with the success of her Peter Pan (1924) -- this silent Bret Harte Western was filmed at majestic Lone Pine, California, a favorite location spot for filmmakers ever since. Bronson played Betty Kent, whose mother, Kate (Phyllis Haver), abandoned her child in favor running off with Tom Romaine (Rockliffe Fellowes), the man who killed Betty's father (George Irving). As a young adult, Betty goes in search of her roots, looking up Tennessee (Neil Hamilton), a friend of her late father's. Tennessee makes Betty his partner in the "Golden Princess" gold mine, a fact that quickly brings both Romaine and Kate out of the woodworks. Tennessee recognizes them both and lets Betty in on their past crimes. In retaliation, Romaine dynamites the mine. Trapped inside, Betty and Tennessee are rescued by Kate, who has killed the evil Romaine. Although mourning Kate, who perished in her successful rescue attempt, Betty and Tennessee decide to become partners in marriage as well. Despite her overwhelming success in Peter Pan and a major buildup by her studio, Paramount, Betty Bronson was not a talented actress and her screen career seems to have been little more than a fluke. She retired relatively early -- 1932 -- but later reappeared in such disparate entertainments as Gene Autry's The Yodelin' Kid from Pine Ridge (1937; she was a very conventional B-Western leading lady) and Evel Knievel (1971).