Undercurrent (1919)

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Guy Empey, a soldier in World War I, became famous when he wrote a book about the war called Over the Top. He penned the story for this film and starred in it, too -- although his performance proved that he was no actor. Jack Duncan (Empey) returns from France, expecting to get his old job back at the steel mill. But his old position is gone and he winds up in the machine shop. He falls under the influence of the Reds, especially after he loses his job and naively believes their ideals. But when he finally realizes that his comrades are planning to overthrow the U.S. government, he fights against them for the sake of his country. Even though the U.S. was undergoing a Red scare when this picture was made, its patriotic drivel was, shall we say, over the top.