Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Maurice Costello, Vitagraph's resident matinee idol, was both star and co-director of the 6-reel drama Mr. Barnes of New York. Based on a novel by Archibald Clavering Gunter, the film casts Costello as the title character, a Manhattan man-about-town at large in the Middle East. While visiting Egypt, Mr. Barnes makes the acquaintance of one Marina Paoli (Mary Charleson), who has vowed vengeance against the British officer who killed her brother. This leads inexorably to a literally explosive climax, wherein Mr. Barnes finds himself trapped in a besieged Egyptian city, armed with little more than his courage and wits. Naomi Childers makes an appealing heroine, though many of her scenes with Maurice Costello were played in one of the most unrealistic "moving train" sets ever seen on screen.
duel, enemy, love, officer, on-the-road, revenge, romance, sister, witness