The Challenge of the Law (1920)

A Canadian Mountie pursues an outlaw across the border into the American desert. His pursuit is complicated by the fact that he is in love with the fugitive's daughter.


Scott R. Dunlap (as Scott Dunlap)


Denison Clift, E. Lloyd Sheldon (story)


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Cast overview:
William Russell ... Captain Bruce Cavanaugh
Helen Ferguson ... Madeline Du Barre
Arthur Morrison Arthur Morrison ... Trooper Tom Wallace
Jim Farley ... Pere Du Barre (as James Farley)
Robert Klein Robert Klein ... Proprietor
D. Mitsoras D. Mitsoras ... Fourchette (as D.J. Mitsoras)
Fred Malatesta ... Jules Lafitte


Captain Bruce Cavanaugh, accompanied by Trooper Tom Wallace, is dispatched by the Commander of the Canadian North West Mounted Police to Fort Qu'Appelle, to put a stop to the fur smuggling trade. At the fort, Cavanaugh meets and falls in love with Madeline Du Barre, the daughter of a fur smuggler. Finding himself torn between love and duty, Cavanaugh is forced to arrest Madeline's father, thus forcing her to join forces with smugglers Jules Lafitte and Fourchette in order to win the release of her father. The trio succeeds, but in the jail break Tom Wallace is shot and killed. Cavanaugh takes up the pursuit of Madeline and the three men, finding Madeline wandering alone on the American desert after Fourchette and Lafitte have killed each other in a duel. The Mountie returns to Canada with the woman he loves, and when a witness comes forth to testify that Lafitte and Fourchette were Wallace's killers, Madeline and her father are cleared of the crime. Written by Pamela Short

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Release Date:

10 October 1920 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grænsevagtsergenten See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A copy of this film survives at the Cinematheque Suisse. See more »

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