Held by the Enemy (1920)

Sub-Genres - Melodrama, War Romance  |   Countries - USA  |  
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William Gilette's romantic Civil War melodrama is capably brought from stage to screen here. When Southerner Rachel Hayne (Agnes Ayres) is informed that her husband, Captain Gordon Hayne (Lewis Stone), has been killed, she mourns only briefly. She never was really in love with him, and when her town is invaded by the Northern army, she becomes reacquainted with an old sweetheart and Union officer, Colonel Charles Prescott (Jack Holt). But just as Prescott is about to propose, Hayne shows up. He is wounded and winds up in a hospital run by brigade surgeon Fielding (Robert Cain). Rachel, Prescott and Hayne's mother Sarah (Josephine Crowell) plot to smuggle him out of the Union-run hospital to safety. The two women report his death but as the stretcher is being carried through the hospital, the suspicious Fielding demands to examine the body. And Hayne really is dead -he has torn the bandage from the wound in is throat as a sacrifice so that Rachel may be united with Prescott.

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