Bold Emmett, Ireland's Martyr (1915)

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Often listed as the second film in director Sidney Olcott's "Ireland Trilogy," Bold Emmet, Ireland's Martyr was actually the third in the series. Filmed on location on the Emerald Isle, the film re-created a thrilling chapter in the life of Irish patriot and freedom-fighter Robert Emmet. Olcott himself played a major role, as a young Irishman who is sentenced to hang for helping Emmet escape the British. Just after the noose is slipped around the young man's neck, Emmet appears from nowhere to fire a well-aimed bullet through the rope, thereby freeing his collaborator. A peripheral love story is also woven into the proceedings, for the benefit of those filmgoers uninterested in Ireland's ongoing battle for "Home Rule."