Flower of No Man's Land (1916)

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Director John H. Collins' death during the 1918 influenza epidemic not only made a widow of his actress-wife Viola Dana, but also robbed the film world of one of its most promising young talents. Among the many Dana vehicles helmed by Collins between 1915 and 1918 was Metro's The Flower of No Man's Land, which Collins also scripted. Set in the West, the story concentrates on a young prairie maiden named Echo (Dana), who is ardently pursued by Yankees, Mexicans and Native Americans alike. The girl ends up in Greenwich Village, where she becomes the darling of the starving-artist's colony. The reviewer for the trade magazine Variety was of the opinion that the basic plotline was "borrowed" from a sketch in the George M. Cohan stage revue The Great Lover. If so, the notoriously litigious Cohan never brought legal action against either John H. Collins or Metro.