The Valley of Silent Men (1922)

Genres - Adventure  |   Release Date - Sep 10, 1922 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

Although the silent screen of the early '20s was inundated with dramas of the Northwest, many of them based on the novels of James Oliver Curwood, this one stands out for a number of reasons. First off, it benefited from the fine directorial hand of Frank Borzage. In addition, it had star Alma Rubens as the leading woman, and Lew Cody, in those days better known as a heavy, playing the hero. Corporal Kent (Cody) is wounded in the course of duty, and, since he believes he is dying, he confesses to a murder to pay back a debt of gratitude. But he recovers, and is arrested. Marette Radison (Rubens), who has come to live with Inspector Kedsty (George Nash), knows who the real killer is, and she helps Kent to escape. He hides in Kedsty's home and the next day, the inspector is found strangled with a rope of women's hair, the same way the two other men were found dead. Kent is pursued by his friend and fellow Mountie, O'Connor (Joseph King), so he and Marette flee. While heading for "the valley of silent men," the pair are separated, but Kent later finds Marette in the home of her father, Pierre (Mario Majeroni), who reveals that he is the killer. O'Connor arrives and hears the old man's deathbed confession. Kent's name is cleared and he weds Marette.



friendship, self-sacrifice, accusation, confession [criminal], confession-false, frame-up, killing, mounted-police, Mountie (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), survivor