Since his British accent remained conveniently unheard during the silent era, Reginald Denny made a wonderful all-American hero. He's nicely cast in this romance based on the novel by Jack London. Pat Glendon (Denny) has been raised in the California mountains by his ex-pugilist father (Charles K. French); although the young man is physically powerful, he's so shy around women that he literally runs away from them. Glendon Sr. encourages his son to pursue a career in the ring, and he becomes successful enough to earn the nickname "the Abysmal Brute." His problems with girls continue, however, until he saves society miss Marion Sangster (Mabel Julienne Scott) from drowning. Their acquaintance turns quickly to romance, but Pat has trouble adjusting to the social graces, in addition to hiding his profession from Marion. Not unless he can strip away all hint of his former bashfulness will he have a chance to beat out his romantic rival and win the girl.
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