Prussian Cur (1918)

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Both director Raoul Walsh and his wife, actress Miriam Cooper were embarrassed to be involved with this propaganda picture, but they had to follow the edicts of the studio (Fox) that employed Walsh. It does have one point of interest, however -- Captain Horst von der Goltz, who plays the villain, was actually a German spy who was captured by the British forces. After cooperating with the allies, Goltz was given asylum in the U.S. and wound up in Hollywood. The story is very thin -- Goltz, in a neat bit of typecasting, plays a German spy who is married to Lillian (Leonora Stewart), the sister of Rosie O'Grady (Cooper). The spies' plans are found out and these "Prussian curs" are brought to justice. Although it is fleshed out with scenes of the Lusitania's sinking, German U-boats, Potsdam Palace and Ralph Faulkner in his famous impersonation of President Woodrow Wilson, nothing could hide the truly cheesy nature of this film.