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Defying Destiny (1923)

Scarred across his face after a burning home rescue of his girlfriend Beth Alden, Jack Fenton is rewarded by her father with a teller job in his bank. As the years go on, Jack and Beth fall... See full summary »

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Louis Chaudet

Writer:

Grace Sanderson Michie (story)
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Monte Blue ... Jack Fenton
Irene Rich ... Beth Alden
Tully Marshall ... Dr. Gregory
Jackie Saunders ... Mrs. Harris
Z. Wall Covington Z. Wall Covington ... Sam Harris
Russell Simpson ... Mr. Wilkens
James Gordon ... Mr. Alden
Frona Hale Frona Hale ... Mrs. Alden
Laura Ames Laura Ames ... Jack Fenton's Aunt
George Reehm ... The Promoter
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Scarred across his face after a burning home rescue of his girlfriend Beth Alden, Jack Fenton is rewarded by her father with a teller job in his bank. As the years go on, Jack and Beth fall in love and marriage is contemplated. However, Mr. Alden prefers the bank Vice president, Wilkens, and tries to discourage Jack. Another Teller, Harris, secretly embezzles money and frames Jack, who is put on trial. Though he's found innocent, he's still discharged. Wrongly convinced that Beth has lost interest in him, he leaves town, only to get into another fiery accident. At the hospital, a doctor experimenting in plastic surgery fixes Jack up perfectly. Jack sees his opportunity for revenge on the town that treated him so badly by returning, unrecognizable in his new face. Written by WesternOne1

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A story of a life-long love between a rich girl and a poor man. (Print Ad- Oswego Daily Times, ((Oswego NY)) 26 May 1924) See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1923 (USA) See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Passed and given a "U" cert by the New Zealand censor on 2 June 1924. See more »

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love among the scars.
6 September 2019 | by WesternOne1See all my reviews

Here's a good, typical melodrama of the era, where a bizarre event leads to a battle of moralities, inner, and communal. In it a small town is easily persuaded to think the worst about a young man accused of a crime, though proven innocent because of too obviously forged evidence, is nonetheless damned by the townsfolk. That the fellow in question (essayed by Monte Blue) has a dark streak and a "U" shaped mark on his face resembling a mule print, brought on by a fire injury, isn't played up very much. He got the scars honorably because he rescued the girl in it, and tragically, because the same incident caused his parent's death. So he is accepted by everyone dispite this deformity. It only comes into play later, when a Doctor tries some plastic surgery on him, at the time a very new field. The doc is played by Tully Marshall, so at first we don't know wether he might be an evil crackpot or not, but he's the real thing after all, and Blue comes out better than ever. Though the addition of a small mustache makes him somehow unrecognizable to his former associates, where pulls a scam on them for revenge. In the end, everyone comes out with all the secrets and forgiveness is bestowed. Maybe unrealistic, but an interesting yarn anyway.


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