His Sweetheart (1917)

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Like many stage stars of the teens, George Beban (known for his Italian characterizations both on stage and on screen) had a tendency to overact in films, and this mars this comedy-melodrama. Beban plays Joe Picarri, and his "sweetheart" is his Mamma Mia (Sarah Kernan). When the police raid a gang of crooks, Mamma Mia innocently helps one of the bad guys escape, and as a result is accused of thievery. For the rest of the film, Joe is wrapped up with trying to get his mamma out of jail and also, in several nerve-wracking scenes (once featuring a nitroglycerin-laden golf ball), saving the district attorney's life. Mamma, of course, is finally released and Joe gets his "sweetheart" back.