Love Aflame (1917)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Comedy, Romantic Comedy  |  
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In this comedy-adventure, Jack Calvert (Jack Mulhall) makes a bet that he can make it from Kansas to Constantinople without any financial aid, and without a woman's help. Meanwhile, Betty Calvert (Ruth Stonehouse) is on the run from Reginald (Jean Hersholt), a suitor of whom she is less than fond. Betty has disguised herself as a boy and when she meets up with Jack, they decide to stick together. Their trek takes them through various strange lands, including a cannibal island, but it isn't until they reach Constantinople that Betty reveals that she is a girl. Jack loses his bet but wins a wife. Reginald doesn't lose out, though -- after chasing Betty for the better part of the film, he winds up being named king on the cannibal island and acquiring a harem of native women.

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assumed-identity, cannibal, cross-dressing, traveling, wager