Synopsis by Janiss Garza
The novel We Are French by Percy Poore Sheehan and Robert Davis was filmed in 1916 as The Bugler of Algiers. Rupert Julian was both director and star. Here, eight years later, he directs it again, but Charles De Roche takes over the role he played, that of Pierre Dupont. Dupont and Anatole Picard (Wallace MacDonald) are residents of a little French village who join the war in Algiers in 1869, along with Jules Malincorne (Gibson Gowland). Left behind is Gabrielle Picard (Madge Bellamy), Anatole's sister and Pierre's sweetheart. Jules shoots himself in the foot so he can return to the village, where he falsely informs Gabrielle that both Pierre and Anatole are dead. Then, when the enemy shows up, he kidnaps the girl and takes her to Paris. Anatole, a bugler, is captured by the enemy, who order him to sound the retreat. Instead, he heroically sounds for the soldiers to charge. When he and Pierre finally return home, Gabrielle is nowhere to be found. All they know is that Jules was a war fatality. Fifty years pass, and Anatole is finally recognized for his action by the Legion of Honor. He and Pierre walk to Paris, but he dies along the way. Pierre pretends to be Anatole, so that his lifelong friend can be honored. Gabrielle turns up at the ceremony, and she tells Pierre that she had waited for him all these years.
blacksmith, brother, death, kidnapping, love-triangle, reunion, war, war-atrocities