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This film was also known as Her God . MPN commented, " The Red Woman shatters precedent and ends with a white man and an Indian woman in one another's arms with a priest disappearing over the brow of a hill." MPW , in describing the Indian character, stated, "her eastern education must have made radical changes in her nature; she has all the characteristics of a white woman when she returns to New Mexico, and exhibits the grace, mental alertness and volubility of the ... More Less

This film was also known as Her God . MPN commented, " The Red Woman shatters precedent and ends with a white man and an Indian woman in one another's arms with a priest disappearing over the brow of a hill." MPW , in describing the Indian character, stated, "her eastern education must have made radical changes in her nature; she has all the characteristics of a white woman when she returns to New Mexico, and exhibits the grace, mental alertness and volubility of the race." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
10 Feb 17
p. 704.
Motog
17 Feb 17
p. 371.
MPN
17 Feb 17
p. 1091-92.
MPW
17 Feb 17
p. 1034, 1081
NYDM
10 Feb 17
p. 26.
Wid's
1 Feb 17
pp. 71-72.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
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CREDIT
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WRITER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Her God
Release Date:
12 February 1917
Copyright Claimant:
World Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
31 January 1917
Copyright Number:
LU10165
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Morton Dean, the spendthrift son of a millionaire mine owner, is asked by his father to develop some properties in New Mexico. Morton refuses to go, using as an excuse his impending marriage to socialite Dora Wendell. This angers his father, who changes his will so that Morton will inherit only a few thousand dollars and deeds to the mine. Upon his father's death, Morton discovers that Dora loves only the money that he was expected to inherit. Spurning her, Morton goes to New Mexico. Meanwhile, Maria Temosach, an Indian maiden, graduates with honors from an Eastern school, but she is not accepted socially. She gladly returns to her home in New Mexico, where she repulses the advances of Sancho, a cattle thief. When Maria shows an interest in Morton, the jealous Sancho wounds him in an attack, but he is rescued by Maria and taken to her cabin. They fall in love, and she destroys the idol she has worshipped, declaring that Morton now will be "her god." One night, Maria walks in her sleep to Morton's bed. When Sancho, with Dora, comes looking for Morton, Maria paints him as the idol and places him on the idol's pedestal. Although Sancho and Dora do not find Morton, when Maria learns from Dora that Morton's father has left another will giving him the entire estate, she convinces him to go back with Dora. Later, Maria becomes pregnant, and Sancho claims that he is the father; however, when the baby is born with blonde hair and white skin, Maria realizes that it is Morton's. Although Dora has tried to win Morton back, ... +


Morton Dean, the spendthrift son of a millionaire mine owner, is asked by his father to develop some properties in New Mexico. Morton refuses to go, using as an excuse his impending marriage to socialite Dora Wendell. This angers his father, who changes his will so that Morton will inherit only a few thousand dollars and deeds to the mine. Upon his father's death, Morton discovers that Dora loves only the money that he was expected to inherit. Spurning her, Morton goes to New Mexico. Meanwhile, Maria Temosach, an Indian maiden, graduates with honors from an Eastern school, but she is not accepted socially. She gladly returns to her home in New Mexico, where she repulses the advances of Sancho, a cattle thief. When Maria shows an interest in Morton, the jealous Sancho wounds him in an attack, but he is rescued by Maria and taken to her cabin. They fall in love, and she destroys the idol she has worshipped, declaring that Morton now will be "her god." One night, Maria walks in her sleep to Morton's bed. When Sancho, with Dora, comes looking for Morton, Maria paints him as the idol and places him on the idol's pedestal. Although Sancho and Dora do not find Morton, when Maria learns from Dora that Morton's father has left another will giving him the entire estate, she convinces him to go back with Dora. Later, Maria becomes pregnant, and Sancho claims that he is the father; however, when the baby is born with blonde hair and white skin, Maria realizes that it is Morton's. Although Dora has tried to win Morton back, he returns to New Mexico to the love of his Indian maiden. +

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