The Only Way (1926)

Genres - Drama, Historical Film  |   Sub-Genres - Period Film  |   Countries - UK  |  
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This British-made production was based on the "celebrated" (circa 1906) stage play by Freeman Wills, which was based on the Charles Dickens novel A Tale of Two Cities. Sydney Carton (Sir John Martin Harvey) is a brilliant barrister who has a drinking problem. He loves Lucy Manette (Betty Faire), but she marries Charles Darnay (Frederick Cooper). The French Revolution endangers Darnay, who is really royalist St. Evremonde. He is arrested and condemned to death. Carton, ever loyal to Lucy, overcomes his faults to rescue her husband. But the revolutionaries capture Darnay once again and it looks like he will not be able to escape. Carton, however, looks quite a bit like Darnay, and he makes the ultimate sacrifice by switching places with him. As a result, it is Carton who goes to the guillotine, while Darnay is able to reunite with Lucy.

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Britain, France, guillotine, lookalike, reign-of-terror, volunteer