The Hundredth Chance (1921)

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This English-made horse racing drama was based on the novel by Ethel M. Dell, a very popular author of the day. When she is widowed, Lady Brian (Ernita Lascelles) marries Sheppard, the proprietor of the Swan Inn (Teddy Arundell), in order to avoid poverty. But home life at the Sheppards' is miserable for Lady Brian's daughter, Maud (Mary Glynne), and crippled son, Bunny (Patrick Kay). Because Sheppard constantly tries to force himself on her, Maud is driven to the brink of suicide, but horse trainer Jack Bolton (Sydney Seaward) brings her to her senses. For her brother's sake, and to get away from Sheppard, Maud marries Bolton, even though she doesn't love him. Bolton's employer, Lord Saltash, is Maud's ex-fiancé (Dennis Neilson Terry) and he tries to win her back. When a doctor explains that an operation will cure Bunny, Saltash offers up his castle for the operation. Meanwhile, he threatens foreclosure on the Swan Inn. Maud goes to him to plead leniency on behalf of her mother; meanwhile, Bolton and his horse win an important race. When Bolton hears that Lord Saltash is about to leave on his yacht, he suspects something is up and goes to the castle. He finds Maud, drugged, in a secret room and rescues her. Saltash leaves on his trip alone, while Bolton has finally won Maud's love.