Synopsis by Janiss Garza
Author George Barr McCutcheon, who breathed life into many a mythical kingdom, wrote the story for this action-adventure. Although he was not yet a star, William Haines' swashbuckling performance proved that he was definitely on the rise. John Smart (Haines) is a struggling writer who inherits a fortune. He buys an old castle in the kingdom of Laupheim, and finds Countess Von Pless (Madge Bellamy) hiding there. She is trying to get away from her cruel husband, the Count (Stuart Holmes), and Smart tries to help her get out of the country. His plans, however, are exposed by a woman who had unsuccessfully tried to vamp him. The Countess manages to escape by plane anyhow, while Smart fends off the Count and his men with a sword. The authorities take away Smart's castle and he returns to America, broke. His valet, however, brings back a treasure he found in the castle, which enables Smart to wed The Countess.
bad-guy, good-guy, husband, inheritance, judge, reporter, rescue, sword