Captain Macklin (1915)

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The Richard Harding Davis novel on which this adventure was based was mediocre reading material; the story, however, suited the medium of cinema well. The stellar cast, headed by future director Jack Conway and Lillian Gish (yes, as early as 1915 she was working with other directors besides D.W. Griffith) also helped. Royal Macklin (Conway) is tossed out of West Point because of a minor infraction. This displeases the father of his sweetheart Beatrice (Gish) and he forces the young couple to break up. But as he says good-bye, Macklin swears that he will make good. He travels to Honduras where he joins up with soldier of fortune General Laguerre (character actor Spottiswoode Aitken, who didn't usually play such a tough guy). Beatrice's father is tricked into going to Central America on business where he is arrested and Beatrice is held hostage. Her father manages to escape and tells his story at Laguerre's camp. Laguerre's men dash for the town and Macklin fights his way th rough to Beatrice. He saves her and wins her father's approval.