Virgin's Sacrifice (1922)

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This was not one of Corinne Griffith's better vehicles. It's one of a seemingly endless procession of Northwoods melodramas, usually released in the summer to (at least visually) cool off theater patrons who did not yet have the benefit of air conditioning. Griffith plays Althea Sherrill, who convinces a stranger, Tom Merwin (Curtis Cooksey), to marry her in name only so that he can help her with some mysterious mission. It turns out that the project involves the evil Sam Bellows (George MacQuarrie), who raped Althea's mother (Louise Prussing). Mrs. Sherrill bore a daughter, which Althea has claimed as her own so that her father (David Torrence) will not discover the truth. With the help of an Indian, Jacques (Nick Thompson), and several wolf-dogs, Merwin braves a number of death-defying situations to save Althea from Bellows, and he makes sure the villain gets his due. After Merwin has proven his devotion to her, Althea decides to stick with him.



damsel-in-distress, kidnapping, love, mother, self-sacrifice, sister