The American Consul (1917)

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Character actor Theodore Roberts had to carry this film all on his own, which was a near-impossible task. He plays country lawyer Abel Manning, who is very passionate about his political party. Through the force of his oratory, he helps elect James Kitwell (Ernest Joy) to the U.S. Senate. Kitwell has promised to reward Manning an important post. No job is forthcoming until a scheme is offered to the unscrupulous Kitwell by Pedro Gonzales (Charles West). Gonzales plans a revolution in Mexico and needs a corruptible American consul. Kitwell decides Manning is the man for the job. But Manning is a man of principle, and this immediately gets him in a lot of hot water with the revolutionaries. He and his daughter Joan (Maude Fealy) are at the mercy of the rebels when Joan's fiancé Geoffrey (Tom Forman) wires for the Marines, who march in and save the day. This film was originally a play by Paul West, and fared much better on the legitimate stage.

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America, corruption