The White Mouse (1921)

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This two-reel tale of the Northwoods was one of literally dozens of silent pictures based on a James Oliver Curwood story. It features an all-star cast, which hints that at one point it ran longer than two-thousand feet, but there does not seem to be any record of a longer version of the film -- although the leads, Lewis Stone and Wallace Beery, appeared in another Curwood picture that came out the same year, The Golden Snare. Sergeant Blake (Stone) of the Northwest Mounted Police is sent to the border to break up a ring of smugglers who are bringing illegal Chinese immigrants into Canada. The ring is led by Ah Ming, a half-breed who goes by the name of Dr. Lawler (Beery). When Blake encounters Lawler, he is experimenting on a white mouse. Blake feels pity for the little creature and orders him to stop the tests. The mouse later saves him when Lawler sets a rabid wolf loose in the room where he is sleeping. Lawler is killed by an assassin (Willard Louis) sent to avenge a girl's death back in China, while Blake wins the heart of a girl (Ethel Grey Terry) who almost fell into Lawler's clutches.