A Desert Wooing (1918)

Socially prominent but nearly penniless Easterner Mrs. Bereton, marries her daughter Avice to wealthy cattleman Barton Masters. Before the ceremony, Avice promises Dr. Fortescue Van Fleet, ... See full summary »

Director:

Jerome Storm

Writers:

J.G. Hawks (screenplay), J.G. Hawks (story)
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Enid Bennett ... Avice Bereton
Jack Holt ... Barton Masters
Donald MacDonald Donald MacDonald ... Dr. Van Fleet (as Donald McDonald)
J.P. Lockney J.P. Lockney ... 'Keno' Clark
Charles Spere Charles Spere ... Billy Bereton (as Chas. Spere)
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Socially prominent but nearly penniless Easterner Mrs. Bereton, marries her daughter Avice to wealthy cattleman Barton Masters. Before the ceremony, Avice promises Dr. Fortescue Van Fleet, with whom she has been carrying on a flirtation, that her marriage will mean nothing, but after she moves to Barton's ranch, she comes to respect her husband deeply. When the wedding party, consisting of Van Fleet as well as Avice's mother and brother Billy, visits the ranch, Van Fleet attacks Avice in her room, but Barton catches him and turns him out. The next day, Barton sends Avice's relatives home and compels her to work on the ranch. She is resentful until Van Fleet returns and shoots Barton, seriously wounding him. At the point of a gun, Avice forces the doctor to tend her husband's injury, and after Barton's recovery, she devotes herself to him. Written by Pamela Short

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arranged marriage | ranch | See All (2) »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1918 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Desert Mating See more »

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(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Enid Bennett and Jack Holt at the Top of Their Game
20 April 2012 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

Jack Holt (Barton Masters, a rich ranch owner), Enid Bennett (Avice Bereton, a New York society girl), Donald MacDonald (Doctor Fortescue Van Fleet, a high society parasite), John P. Lockney (Keno Clark, a trusted friend of Barton Masters), Charles Spere (Avice's brother), Elinor Hancock (Avice's widowed mother, determined to hang on to her position as a leader in high society, despite her slender income), Irene Rich (society woman).

COMMENT: I'd never even heard of Jerome Storm until I purchased this DVD from Oldies. To my surprise, I see that Storm directed no fewer than 47 titles from 1918 through 1932. "A Desert Wooing" was one of six movies he directed in 1918. Storm also co-wrote (with Gerald Duffy) the 1921 feature, "Her Social Value", starring Katherine MacDonald (who also produced).

To judge from "A Desert Wooing", Storm was a very effective, very professional director indeed. In fact, I loved the film so much, I ran it three times. The pace is brisk, the story absorbing, the acting extremely natural. Both Holt and Bennett acquit themselves with credibility yet admirable charisma in the leads, while MacDonald plays a really nasty villain with equal believability. In fact, as written and acted, all the characters (except for the conventional "best friend" played at half steam by J.P. Lockney) are both fascinating yet credible. The director makes excellent use of real locations, and this too adds to the movie's appeal.

A poor black-and-white dupe of a dupe of a dupe of the Kodascope copy is available from Alpha. Just watchable, but Alpha have blessed the first half of the movie with a really wonderful music track.


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