Filmmaker and actor E.H. Calvert had a distinguished military career before retiring as a captain and entering stock theater and vaudeville. He came to films as an actor for Essanay and soon became a filmmaker who directed such silent stars as Gloria Swanson, Coleen Moore, Francis X. Bushman, and Wallace Beery. In the late 'teens, he left films to launch a few businesses. Each venture failed, and during the '20s, Calvert returned to films as a character actor and appeared through the early '30s. In these films, he typically played military officers or authoritarian figures.