Daring horsemanship, thrilling fights, a romantic love story, magnificent outdoor scenery, a perfect story and cast---in "The Heritage of the Desert." It's no wonder this picture puts all other Western Features in the shade.
Pioneer rancher August Naab ( Ernest Torrence ) finds easterner Jack Hare ( Lloyd Hughes ) in the desert and takes him home. There, Mescal ( Bebe Daniels ), Naab's Spanish-Indian ward, cares for and falls in love with Jack though she is betrothed to Naab's wayward son, Snap. To avoid marrying Snap, Mescal flees to the desert and there is captured by desert pirate Mal Holderness ( Noah Beery ), a ruthless man who is seeking to control the water rights of the surrounding area by buying or seizing the local ranches. Because Naab has refused to sell, Holderness begins a feud, taking Mescal prisoner and killing Snap, the prospective bridegroom, who has followed Mescal into the desert. As the leader of the law-abiding community, Naab, with a group of sympathetic Indians, burns down the neighboring town serving as a hideout for Holderness and his gang. Mescal is rescued and returned to Jack.
This 1924 silent western/drama was based on the novel The Heritage of the Desert by Zane Grey, produced by the Famous Players-Lasky, Corporation, starring Bebe Daniels, Noah Beery and Ernest Torrence. Some sequences were filmed in an early Technicolor process. This film may now survive in the Gosfilmofond archive in Moscow.
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