Her Country's Call (1917)

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The American Company's blond ingenue, Mary Miles Minter, answered Her Country's Call in this sentimental melodrama penned by Benjamin Chapin who also appeared as Abraham Lincoln. Mary played Jess Slocum, a young mountain girl stolen as a baby by an evil moonshiner (George Periolat) and raised to hate the American flag. She is taken in by a handsome young captain (Allan Forrest) and taught to sound the bugle-call. The girl's bravery in exposing a plot to overthrow the government earns her an audience with President Lincoln and she is reunited with her real father, a former colonel in the Confederate Army (Henry A. Barrows). Mary Miles Minter was considered a threat to Mary Pickford at the time, but her career never progressed and ended abruptly when her name was mentioned in connection with the 1922 murder of director William Desmond Taylor. Minter's mother, Charlotte Shelby, and sister, Margaret Shelby, appeared in minor supporting roles in Her Country's Call.