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A Desert Wooing (Silent)

Starring: Jack Holt & Enid Bennett Director: Jerome Storm
A wealthy cattleman falls in love and marries a beautiful but flighty young woman. When she is unfaithful he does his best to win her heart permanently. A lost cowboy soap opera with plenty of action.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: March 13, 2012
  • Originally Released: 1918
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring Jack Holt & Enid Bennett
Performer: Donald McDonald, J.P. Lockney, Charles Spere & Elinor Hancock
Directed by Jerome Storm

Description by OLDIES.com:

Arizona millionaire Barton Masters journeys to Manhattan, where he falls in love with beautiful young socialite Avice Bereton. Although she considers him a barbarian, she finally agrees to marry him. The tycoon brings his new bride to his vast ranch out west. But when he returns from the range one day and finds her in a compromising position with an old flame, he decides to teach her a lesson she will never forget.

Australian stage actress Enid Benett was struggling on Broadway when producer Thomas Ince discovered her and whisked her away to Tinseltown. Between 1916 and 1930 she would appear in over 45 films and would marry prominent Hollywood directors Fred Niblo and Sidney Franklin. Her final film appearance was in 1941 in the Marx Brothers' comedy The Big Store.

Jack Holt was a popular leading man of the silent era. The hard-ridin' western persona portrayed in A Desert Wooing was authentic. During World War II, when Holt was in his 50s, he enlisted and was appointed by General Marshall to purchase horses for the U.S. Army cavalry. He would return to Hollywood and character roles in outstanding productions including John Ford's They Were Expendable (1945) and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948).

Product Description:

Enid Bennett was given an excellent opportunity to show off her equestrian expertise in the lively western A DESERT WOOING. When wealthy cattleman Bart Masters (Jack Holt) comes East, he falls in love with social butterfly Avice Bereton (Bennett). She marries Bart for his money, all the while promising to continue her romance with society doctor Van Fleet (Donald MacDonald). Bart knows what's going on behind his back, but he insists that Avice return with him to his ranch and at least make an effort to be a dutiful wife. At first completely useless (she can't even cook!), Avice comes to enjoy her new life, and by fadeout time she has forsaken Van Fleet -- who has turned out to be a louse anyway -- in favor of her roughhewn but essentially decent husband.

Plot Keywords:

Love | Love Triangle | Silent

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  • Sales Rank: 14,666
  • UPC: 089218673596
  • Shipping Weight: 0.27/lbs (approx)
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