The Runaway (1926)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Adventure  |  
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In one of her first Paramount vehicles, Clara Bow stars as Cynthia Meade, a movie actress on location in the hills of Tennessee. Convinced that she's accidentally killed her fiance Jack Harrison (William Powell), Cynthia escapes across the state border where she is given aid and shelter by Kentucky mountaineer Wade Murrell (Warner Baxter). In the midst of a bloody mountain feud, Wade is rescued from certain death by the sudden reappearance of Harrison, who isn't dead after all. Harrison asks Cynthia to return to civilization with him, but by now she's fallen in love with her mountain man. Directed by William C. DeMille (the less-flamboyant but arguably more talented brother of Cecil B. DeMille), Runaway was successful enough to convince Paramount executives that Clara Bow was superstar material.

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accident, actor, damsel-in-distress, family-feud, fiancee, love, mountainman, on-the-run, romance