Morgan's Raiders (1918)

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Morgan's Raiders could well be described as a family affair; its director was Wilfred Lucas, and its writer was Lucas' then-wife Bess Meredyth. The story is set during the Civil War, with Northern officer John Davidson (Edward Burns) falling in love with Southern belle Betsy Dawley (Violet Mersereau), only to fall out of love for her when war is declared. Betsy's father, "Handsome Harry" Dawley (Frank Holland) is a special operative for guerilla leader Colonel Morgan, and in this capacity he is assigned to deliver an important message behind enemy lines. When Dawley is shot and wounded, his daughter Betsy dons male drag and completes her father's mission. Subsequently, Betsy is captured by a Northern spy, who threatens to kill her if she doesn't surrender herself sexually. Swooping down to rescue Betsy is John Davidson, who by now is quite willing to forget the political differences which have come between himself and the heroine.