Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Romance
A chivalrous British officer takes the blame for his cousin's embezzlement and journeys to the American West to start a new life on a cattle ranch.
The Motion Picture Patents Trust, headed by Thomas A. Edison, was at that time engaged in an attempt to control all motion picture production in the U.S., and went to great lengths--often including destruction of property and physical violence--to do so. The Trust was based on the East Coast, which is why many independent producers, such as Cecil B. DeMille, began shooting their films in California. The Trust's intimidation tactics probably explain why DeMille--who was one of their most vocal opponents--put no cast or crew credits on this film.
Captain James Wynnegate:
I won't drink with a man who robbed the orphans of the King's soldiers!
Early in the film, when Captain James Wynnegate (played by Dustin Farnum) is on board the sailing ship, he writes a note asking that a "check" enclosed with the note be cashed for him. Since Captain Farnum is an Englishman, he would have spelled the word as "cheque", the standard British spelling. (Moreover, the handwriting in the note is scarcely that of an educated British military officer: the lines of writing are crooked and the letters are crudely formed.)
A seemingly unrestored print aired 5 April 2004 on Turner Classic Movies with a new orchestral score by H. Scott Salinas.
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