Come on In (1918)

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America has just entered World War I and Emmy Little (Shirley Mason) is as patriotic as they come. She has two suitors, Eddie Short (Ernest Truex), a sergeant who enlisted the day war was declared, and Otto B. Schott (get it?) (Bernard Randall), her boss's assistant who has been drafted. Emmy decides that whichever one does something really "big" for her country is the one she will marry. Otto is actually a German spy, but he decides to both get the girl and help out his country by inviting Emmy to visit his "dear old aunt." There, he reveals a group of spies he has "captured" and tied up. Emmy of course is thrilled and wants to marry Otto immediately. Emmy's uncle, a colonel (Richie Ling) and a very depressed Eddie attend the wedding. The "captured" spies capture the Colonel after Otto and Emmy have left for Atlantic City. Eddie and the Colonel's orderly, however, figure out the scheme and they capture the spies for real. Otto is apprehended, and it is discovered that he already has two wives back in Berlin, so Emmy's free to marry the real hero, Eddie. This film was by the director/writer team of John Emerson and Anita Loos. It's not one of their best, but it has amusing moments all the same.