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This silent melodrama is set against the 1840s westward migration of the Mormons. Dora, a young woman, and her family are saved from an Indian attack by a Mormon community traveling to Utah. They join the wagon train. Dora is pursued by two men, one a recent convert, the other a scheming elder with a stable of wives. The Mormon elder wants her in his harem. When the mother kills herself from revulsion toward polygamy, the daughter must consider her own future and the man she loves. One of Mae Murray's few surviving films, this was intended by Robert Leonard to be a thoughtful drama about the goods and evils of Mormonism, but today it is generally considered pure anti-Mormon propaganda. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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Early Mae Murray, Robert Z. Leonard (Her Husband)Teamwork
17 July 2003 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

Throughout most of her career, superstar beauty Mae Murray collaborated with director Robert Z. Leonard, her husband, creating a long string of silent successes. She often earned writing credit and participated in other aspects of production as well as acting.

This very early work is an amazingly imitative exercise in the "art film" category before Mae was reinvented, utilizing her true talent and personality, as the glamorous "girl with the bee stung lips."

Here, Mae is a pure and simple Mary Pickford imitator as were so many stars of the earliest silent era, and the film itself is a patent imitation -- although lacking the brilliance -- of D.W. Griffith conception and directorial excellence.

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