Wildfire (1915)

Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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This picture marked the screen debut of theatrical icon (and noted suffragette) Lillian Russell, though at 54 -- the age she was when she made this film -- she was a bit old to be playing somebody's daughter. Gambler John Keefe (Lionel Barrymore) kills Bob Barrington during a card game and steals the bill of sale to the dead man's racing stable. Although Barrington's death is considered suicide, the investigation by sheriff John Garrison (Glen White) takes him to the East, where he meets up with Keefe at the home of Barrington's daughter Henrietta (Russell). Something is clearly amiss, and Henrietta and the sheriff slowly uncover the evidence which begins to ensnare Keefe. Keefe realizes the jig is up on the day that the stable's prize filly, Wildfire, is entered in a big race. He gets ready to leave the country by placing a large bet on another horse and bribing Wildfire's jockey to throw the race. But Henrietta overhears the plot, and with Garrison's help, she foils Keefe. Garrison finally gets his man -- and the girl.