The Kaiser's Finish (1918)

Genres - Action, Spy Film, War  |   Sub-Genres - Propaganda Film, War Drama  |  
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World War I was mere days away from ending by the time this propaganda picture was released. It was just as well -- this picture strains credibility to the breaking point. The Kaiser (Louis Dean) has an illegitimate son and sends him to be raised in America, figuring that some day, when Germany rules the world, the boy can take charge of the U.S. The boy grows up as Robert Busch (Earl Schenck), and believes himself to be the son of Richard Busch, a German-American (Percy Standing). When he is finally told of his true parentage, Robert has come to love his adopted country far too much to betray it. Instead, he pretends to join the Germans while keeping in touch with the American Secret Service. Because of his resemblance to the Crown Prince (also played by Schenck), Robert is able to gain entry to the Kaiser's domain and blow him up, along with his high command -- but not before giving them all a lecture on the wrongs they have done.

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war, agent [representative], America, father, Germany, lookalike, propaganda, son, volunteer