About the film
polygamy silent film
A Mormon Maid
Release Date: April 21, 1917
|Production Companies||:||Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company|
|Director||:||Robert Z. Leonard|
|Writers||:||Paul West, Charles Sarver|
This silent melodrama is set against the 1840s westward migration of the Mormons. Dora, a young woman, and her family are saved from an Indian attack by a Mormon community traveling to Utah. They join the wagon train. Dora is pursued by two men, one a recent convert, the other a scheming elder with a stable of wives. The Mormon elder wants her in his harem. When the mother kills herself from revulsion toward polygamy, the daughter must consider her own future and the man she loves. One of Mae Murray's few surviving films, this was intended by Robert Leonard to be a thoughtful drama about the goods and evils of Mormonism, but today it is generally considered pure anti-Mormon propaganda.