Pool of Flame (1916)

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Pool of Flame was based on a novel by Louis Joseph Vance, a journeyman author best known for his detective hero The Lone Wolf. J. Warren Kerrigan plays the standard Vance hero, a devil-may-care Irish mercenary named Terrence O'Rourke. While knocking about in India, O'Rourke comes into possession of the Pool of Flame, a valuable ruby stolen from a Hindu temple. Typically, whosoever possesses this gem is marked for death, but O'Rourke hopes to beat the odds by utilizing the Pool of Flame to insure, rather than impede, his good luck. When an insurance firm posts a $500,000 reward to anyone who can return the ruby to its rightful owners, O'Rourke takes up the challenge, intending to use the money to finance his wedding to the beautiful Princess Beatrix (Lois Wilson). Unfortunately, it proves far more difficult for O'Rourke to dispose of the Pool of Flame than it was to gain possession of it in the first place. The story wraps up with a melodramatic chase through the streets of Rangoon, as O'Rourke tries to rescue his lady love from the villains who've been skulking all through the film.