Cecil B. DeMille’s debut film is pretty rough going. Crude, stereotyped and more than a little confusing, it still boasts some strong ingredients.
A few pluses: the California scenery is lovely, the likable performance of Red Wing as the wife of the hero (a Native American woman playing a Native American woman, fancy that), and the dusty authenticity that early silent features wore so well. A historical artifact but an interesting one.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.Red Wing shoots herself (boo!) and the hero returns to England.
Read my full-length review here. I also cover the 1931 remake that was directed by DeMille as well.
If it were a dessert it would be: Apple Pandowdy. Old-fashioned, not going to win any beauty contests but welcome all the same.
Availability: Released on DVD as a double feature with the 1931 version.
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Definitely an interesting early silent Does the 1918 version still exist?
Last I heard, some fragments survive but most of it seems to be lost forever. A pity as DeMille loved working with Elliott Dexter.
Does it qualify as a trope, this business of a woman nobly committing suicide because she’s standing in the way of her lover’s (a) political career, (b) business success, (c) true love, or all of the above? Thinking of other self-sacrificing heroines in “A Woman of Affairs”/”Outcast Lady” and “Christopher Strong.” I get so mad at these ladies – “He’s not worth it!” I want to scream at them.
Oh, all of these above, though it is also permissible for her to fake her own death or conveniently die of consumption.
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