Follow the Girl (1917)

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Though set in the Wild West, Follow the Girl had much in common with the wartime espionage dramas of the era. The "girl" in the case is Hilda Swanson (Ruth Stonehouse), a Swedish immigrant. While working as a domestic, Hilda becomes innocently entangled in a plot to overthrow the American government. Though not a full-fledged U.S. citizen, Hilda's blood already runs red, white and blue, and it is she who squelches the villains' schemes. According to the trade magazine Variety, Ruth Stonehouse was "one of Universal's best drawing cards," and films like Follow the Girl made it easy to see why.