The Heart of Maryland (1915)

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Suspiciously reminiscent of William C. DeMille's stage play The Warrens of Virginia, David Belasco's Broadway hit The Heart of Maryland was first transferred to the screen in 1915. Repeating her stage role of loyal Confederate gal Maryland Calvert (named after the state of her birth) was stage legend Mrs. Leslie Carter -- who, truth to tell, was a bit too long in tooth to reprise the role that had earned her acclaim way back in 1895. The story concerns the romance between Southern sympathizer Maryland and her damn-Yankee sweetheart Kendrick. Despite the differences that tear their relationship asunder during the Civil War, Maryland ends up rescuing Kendrick from a Confederate firing squad. The film's "money scene," in which the heroine prevents the curfew bell from ringing by attaching herself to the bell's clapper, was later mercilessly lampooned in the comic ballad Hang On the Bell, Nellie. Heart of Maryland was remade in 1921 and 1927.