On the Jump (1918)

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In this propaganda film, athletic silent star George Walsh plays reporter Jack Bartlett, who interviews President Wilson (Ralph Faulkner) regarding the Fourth Liberty Loan. The story never appears in the paper, however, because its new owner, Otto Crumley (Henry Clive), is pro-German. So Jack quits his job and begins canvassing for the Liberty Loans. In the midst of his vigorous campaigning he also halts Crumley's plans to inspire a strike at a munitions plant. Then, when he find work at another newspaper, Jack has another run-in with Crumley. The villain steals an important formula from William Desmond (James Marcus) and ties up his sister Margaret (Frances Burnham). But Jack gets on the case, saves the girl and chases Crumley to a boat. Not only does he capture him, he also takes over the ship's gun and blows up a German submarine in a rousing patriotic climax. The star's older brother, Raoul Walsh, directed this picture. Unfortunately, its effectiveness was blunted since the Liberty Loan campaign was pretty much over by the time it was released.