The Great Reward (1921)

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A couple of American adventurers got mixed up in a Graustarkian melodrama in this low-budget action serial produced and directed by Francis Ford, the older brother of John. One of the adventurers (Francis Ford) proved to possess an incredible likeness to the king of Lyria (also Ford) and soon found himself forced by evil usurpers to masquerade in his stead. Elsie Van Name wrote the screenplay with an eye firmly on Alexandre Dumas and the serial became known for some well-executed trick photography courtesy of cameraman Jerome Ash. A major serial star for Universal in the 1910s, especially in tandem with Grace Cunard, Ford came to the end of the chapterplay line with this modest venture released in 15 chapters by Burston Films. Ella Hall played the pert heroine and the supporting cast included Carl Gerard, Mark Fenton, and Ford's son, Phil Ford.