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I've seen 4 versions of this story and this silent classic starring John Bowers and Madge Bellamy is by far the best, much more poignant than the modern A+E version!
The action is great, the romantic characters obtain your sympathy immediately, and the cinematography for a 1922 film is outstanding. This must have been a real epic in its day.
One chilling aspect of this film is the fact that when we first meet the adult John Bowers in his role as John the shepherd boy he is fighting for his life, trying to save himself from drowning in rough waters. Later we see him deliberately jumping over a waterfall into the same waters below. One wonders whether this film gave John Bowers the idea that drowning was the way to go, since he committed suicide by drowning. The character of Norman Maine in three versions of A Star Is Born is based on poor John Bowers. He was so handsome in this film, and quite a good actor. It is too bad that someone couldn't have reached out to him and given him some acting jobs once talkies came in; they might have saved his life.
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