Cabaret dancer Suzie La Motte (Harris) is in love with Jim Moran (King), a boxer, but she tempts a young man named John Browning (Mack). Moran and John get into a fight in which Moran ... See full summary »

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Charles Emmett Mack ...
John Browning
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Joe King ...
Jim Moran, pugilist
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James LaMotte (as Tyrone Power)
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ...
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Joseph Depew ...
LaMotte son
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Cabaret dancer Suzie La Motte (Harris) is in love with Jim Moran (King), a boxer, but she tempts a young man named John Browning (Mack). Moran and John get into a fight in which Moran accidentally shoots himself. Out of anger at John, Suzie accuses him of Moran's murder. It is only at the last minute that John is saved from the electric chair by Suzie's confession of the truth. Written by Kieran Kenney

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15 September 1923 (USA)  »

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Son premier amour  »

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Tragic Loss For Silent Cinema
2 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Young John Browning (Charles Emmett Mack) goes against his mother's wishes and becomes involved in a torrid love-affair with a fickle young cabaret singer, Susie LaMotte (Mildred Harris). LaMotte toys with the youth's affections and does not tell him that she is already romantically involved with a boxer named Jim Moran (Joe King). One evening John Browning discovers that Susie and Moran are having a relationship when he accidentally walks in on them. Outraged, Browning and Moran become embroiled in an argument. Moran pulls out a pistol, but during the ensuing struggle accidentally mortally wounds himself. Overcome with rage, Susie blames John Browning for Moran's death and Browning is subsequently tried, convicted and sentenced to death. Browning languishes in prison for some time, and just as he is strapped into the electric chair to be executed for the murder of Jim Moran, a bolt of lightning strikes the prison knocking out the power. Meanwhile, Moran's widow (Clara Bow) begs Susie to tell the authorities the truth surrounding the circumstances of the death of Jim Moran. Susie eventually folds and confesses that she had lied and John is pardoned by the governor and leaves prison a free man.

What a tragic loss this 1923 drama is for silent cinema. Starring Mildred Harris and featuring Clara Bow in her fifth film, one can hope a copy survives and resurfaces.


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