Steven Ghent has decided to sell the mine he's owned for fifteen years, located at the border of Mexico where the Great Divide ends. When the representatives are delayed for a few days, he ... See full summary »
Steven Ghent has decided to sell the mine he's owned for fifteen years, located at the border of Mexico where the Great Divide ends. When the representatives are delayed for a few days, he visits the annual Fiesta for the last time, and he encounters Ruth Jordan, the daughter of his long-dead partner, and discovers that she is a decadent, world-weary society girl. He decides that she's in need of reforming, and that a dose of the Greats Outdoors might do it - so he kidnaps her. Written by
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In September 1928, Warner Bros. Pictures purchased a majority interest in First National Pictures, and from that point on all "First National" productions were actually made under Warner Bros. control, even though the two companies continued to retain separate identities until the mid-1930s, after which time "A Warner Bros.-First National Picture" was often used. See more »
Steven Ghent (Ian Keith) decides to sell the mine he's owned for fifteen years, located at the border of Mexico where the Great Divide ends. To celebrate he attends a fiesta where he meets a racy young woman (Dorothy Mackaill). But because he is dressed in a Mexican costume, she assumes he is Mexican. After he sings a song she wonders why he's lost his accent. As the two dance, she draws the ire of a jealous local girl (Myrna Loy) who loves Keith.
After he realizes that Mackaill is the daughter of his dead partner, he is appalled that she has become a flapper and travels around with a crowd of moochers. He decides to kidnap her and take her into the great open spaces of the American West. Slowly, she comes to love the country and him.
Dorothy Mackaill is beautiful and has a nice breezy delivery, sort of a cross between Barbara Stanwyck and Evelyn Brent. Ian Keith is good here and reminds me a lot of John Gilbert in his line delivery. Myrna Loy was still stuck in her "exotic" period but is fun as the flashy Manuella. Co-stars include Creighton Hale, Lucien Littlefield, Claude Gillingwater, George Fawcett, and Jean Lorraine.
This was filmed in 1915 with Ethel Clayton and House Peters and in 1925 with Alice Terry and Conway Tearle.
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