Girl of Today (1918)

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Written by Robert W. Chambers, who the following year would pen the scurrilous "red scare" novel The Crimson Tide, The Girl of Today played on the widespread fear of German agents infiltrating American radical groups. Posing as a Danish scientist, the nefarious Dr. Wolff (Marc McDermott) will stop at nothing to reach his insidious goal, the destruction of the New York City transportation system on January 27, the Kaiser's birthday. But a saboteur working for Dr. Wolff is tailed by Jack Wynn (Webster Campbell), the son of a war materials manufacturer. Together with the patriotic Leslie Selden (Corinne Griffith), Jack manages to alert the authorities right before Dr. Wolff's incendiary bomb blows everyone to kingdom come.