The Belgian (1917)

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Although Victor Morenne (Walker Whiteside) is a fisherman in a Belgian village, it turns out he has a talent for sculpture, and Colonel Dupin (Georgio Majeroni) offers to send him to Paris to study. Before he leaves, Morenne tells his sweetheart, Jeanne Destree (Valentine Grant) that he will return for her, but he is distracted by the Countess de Vries (Sally Crute), a crafty German spy and seductress. Meanwhile, back at home, Jeanne's uncle (Henri Leone) tries to marry her off to the postmaster, Berger (Anders Randolf), who is also a spy. World War I breaks out, and Morenne joins the Belgian army. He is blinded in battle and sent to Paris to recuperate. The Countess dumps him, but Jeanne, acting as a nurse, writes him letters which she purports to be from his callous ex-lover. Jeanne returns to Belgium shortly before Morenne gets his sight back. He discovers the Countess' true character, and she is captured. He rejoins his regiment and saves Jeanne, who has been captured by the Germans because she holds some papers valuable to them. The battle is won, and Jeanne and Morenne are reunited.