Cast & Crew
Judith Temple has come West to Arizona for some excitement. As she says goodbye to her brother and his wife, who are returning to the East, Dr. Neil Cranford, who is in love with her, is called away to tend the broken ribs of a man injured in a barroom brawl. The three other men involved in the fight, Geoffrey Bland, Joao and Kempen, force their way into Judith's room and throw dice to see which one will win her. She begs Bland to save her, so he pays one man off and beats up the other one. Taking Judith away with him, he marries her against her will. Judith helps him build a new home in the mountains but refuses to live with him. Bland has fallen in love with her and reluctantly agrees to her terms. Ore is found on Bland's land, and while he is away arranging financing for a mine, Judith goes into town to sell some mats she has woven. She runs into her brother, his wife and Cranford there. Returning home, she pretends in front of her friends that everything is fine in her marriage. Later, however, she tries to buy her freedom from Bland with nuggets she purchased from Joao. Since she is pregnant, Bland agrees to send her back East with her brother. After the birth of the baby, Judith's mental state is so strange that her mother sends for Bland. She refuses to see him and tells her mother the story of her marriage. After hearing it, her brother threatens Bland, but Judith realizes that she has grown to love Bland and returns with him to Arizona.
J. Farrell Macdonald
This film is believed lost. Please check your attic.
The film was shot in two-strip Technicolor. According to Variety, most of the film was shot on location in the California desert and on and around Mt. Whitney and Lila Lee suffered a nervous breakdown shortly after the film's completion. The film was released in Britain as The Challenge. In 1915 Lubin produced a film entitled The Great Divide based on the play and directed by Edgar Lewis. It starred Ethel Clayton and House Peters (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.1688). Two more films with the same title were produced. In 1925, Reginald Barker directed one for M-G-M starring Alice Terry and Conway Tearle; and First National made another in 1929, also directed by Barker, which starred Dorothy Mackaill and Ian Keith (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.2222 and F2.2223).