Rights of Man (1915)

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There were those who suggested that the Lubin five-reeler Rights of Man was thinly veiled "Red" propaganda -- an amusing observation, in that Lubin was by then part of a four-studio filmmaking monopoly! The story is set in a mythical country, where Prince Sigismund (George Clarke) rules with the proverbial iron hand. Every move and decision made by his subjects are dictated by the whims of the despotic prince. But a group of insurrectionists do not take kindly to being subjugated to a man whose only authority is the "right of blood." A revolution ensues, stirred up by the populist hero Dr. Carew (Richard Buhler) and his women's-rights-advocate sweetheart, who is none other than the Princess Lora (Rosetta Brice). The film ends with a huge close-up of the American flag, which even in 1915 was a well-established cinematic cliché.