The Great White Trail (1917)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |  
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Two men, George Carrington (Paul Gordon) and Reverend Arthur Dean (Thomas Holding) are vying for the hand of Prudence Ware (Doris Kenyon). She chooses Carrington, and they marry and have a daughter. She has a reprobate brother, Charles (Hans Roberts), and her clandestine meetings with him make her husband suspicious. His jealousy causes her so much grief that she runs away and leaves her baby in the woods, whereupon Dean finds the daughter and raises her himself. When Carrington discovers that his wife was innocent and decides to go searching for her, it is years before he gets a solid lead. She has wound up in the Klondike, working as a nurse, but has lost her memory. Dean has also landed up there with his ministry. At the tail end of his trek north, Carrington is knocked senseless by a bandit and he too loses his memory (taking the already tired amnesia angle over the top). Marie, Prudence's daughter -- the now-grown baby whom Dean adopted -- is kidnapped, but she is rescued by Prudence and Carrington, and Dean is killed by a stray bullet. When they find Marie's baby clothes, the couple's memories are restored and the family is reconciled.

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amnesia, brother, love-triangle