The Shooting of Dan McGrew (1924)

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The wooden performances by a usually fine cast of players suggest that the script to this melodrama -- based on the poem The Spell of the Yukon by Robert W. Service -- is to blame. Barbara LaMarr plays "the lady known as Lou," who is stuck performing in a divey South American cabaret where her husband, Jim (Percy Marmont), plays piano. When "Dangerous Dan" McGrew (Lew Cody) promises to put her name in lights on Broadway, Lou takes off with him, hoping to make enough money to send for Jim and their little boy (Philippe deLacy). Jim follows and catches up with McGrew in a New York nightclub. The two men fight it out and the place catches fire. Jim only narrowly escapes from the flames. McGrew takes Lou up to an Alaskan saloon, where she lures gamblers to his games. Jim shows up in Alaska and finally gives McGrew the fatal shot he deserves. When he discovers that Lou has been faithful to him this whole time, the couple is reunited. Service's poem was filmed once before, in 1915.



actor, criminal, gambling, injustice, on-the-run, revenge