Red Viper (1919)

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This drama indicates that the career of Ruth Stonehouse was definitely on the wane -- not only is she billed second to Gareth Hughes, who was a far newer name, she improbably plays a 12-year-old girl (Stonehouse was 27 at the time). In fact, her character, the patriotic Irish miss Mary Hogan, was pretty much incidental to the plot. It centers around Hughes' character, David Belkov, an immigrant who lives in New York's Lower East Side and has fully embraced American ideals. His hero is Theodore Roosevelt and he is horrified to discover that his sweetheart, Yolanda Kosloff (Irma Harrison), has been involved in Bolshevist activities. The group she has joined has decided to assassinate Judge Norton because he sent one of their number to the electric chair. They draw lots and Yolanda is chosen to take the bomb to Norton's residence. Belkov is injured in a fight with some Reds, but he manages to make it to the Norton's home and foil the assassination attempt. He is shot by one of the Bolshevist leaders, however, and Yolanda nurses him back to health. The kindness of Judge Norton changes her mind and her politics, and she and Belkov are reconciled. Future silent star John Gilbert has a featured role as Dick Grant.