Silent screen comedienne Dorothy Devore left comedy producer Al Christie with hopes of going dramatic. She succeeded -- at least for a while -- and The Prairie Wife was probably her finest hour. Devore plays an impoverished society girl who marries a wealthy rancher (Herbert Rawlinson) for his money. On the ranch she encounters a deranged cow-hand (played by Greed's Gibson Gowland) and a sickly English nobleman whom she nurses back to health. The handsome Englishman defends her against the menacing cowboy, and she momentarily forgets the husband. Day-by-day, however, she grows to love her hard-working husband and ends up the content prairie wife. Having signed a starring contract with Warner Bros., Devore got into an argument with Jack Warner and left the studio after only a few films. She returned to Christie heralded as a new Mabel Normand but retired at the advent of sound.
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