Masters of Men (1923)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 78 min.  |  
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This confusing maritime drama is divided into four parts; the ages of stone, iron, barbarism, and civilization. As the story begins, Dick Halpin (Cullen Landis) takes the blame for stealing the school's athletic funds to protect the real culprit, the brother of his sweetheart Mabel (Alice Calhoun). The sailor decides to become a civilian and is followed by his friend Lieutenant Breen (Earle Williams). Dressed as civilians, the two go to a saloon where Breen tries to dissuade Dick from deserting. In the saloon, Dick and Breen are given knock-out drops and shanghaied. After he regains consciousness, Dick informs the captain he is a member of the United States Navy and demands to be put ashore. Breen refuses to acknowledge Dick is a sailor, revealing himself to be in league with Captain Bilker (Jack Curtis). Further distaff interest is provided by Wanda Hawley, who appears with Martin Turner, Dick Sutherland, and Jack Curtis.

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brother, confession-false, desertion, protection, sailor, sweetheart