The Heart of Maryland (1927)

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The David Belasco play had been filmed twice previously, in 1915 and in 1921, before Warner Bros. made this version with the fetching Dolores Costello in the role made famous by Mrs. Leslie Carter. Maryland Calvert (Costello) is a true belle of the South, so when the Civil War breaks out, there is no doubt that her allegiance remains with the Confederacy. Not so Alan Kendrick (Jason Robards Sr.), her sweetheart, who joins the Union army. Thorpe, who also loves Maryland (Warner Richmond), is kicked out of the army and becomes a Confederate spy. It is Thorpe who orchestrates Kendrick's arrest. He is imprisoned and sentenced to be shot, but Maryland comes to the rescue. As her lover makes his getaway, she rushes to the alarm bell and desperately clings to its clapper to keep it from ringing and announcing his escape. Union and Confederate alliances are washed away as the couple are happily united.