The Secret Code (1918)

Genres - Thriller  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In 1918, movie theaters were overloaded with spy dramas, so to be of any interest at all, this one had to have a twist, and it did: the picture's villainess Lola Walling (Rhy Alexander) crochets her secret code messages into mufflers, which she sends to the enemy. Agent Lola has lost out to Sally Carter (Gloria Swanson in an attempt to capture the heart of Senator John Rand (J. Barney Sherry). The senator marries Sally, but Lola tries to make him doubt his new wife. Senator Rand and Secret Service man Jefferson Harrow (Joe King) are on the trail of German agents, but while Lola is merrily crocheting away, they suspect Sally of being a spy. Harrow finally manages to unravel the Germans' schemes, and the Senator finally figures out that Sally, a staunch patriot, really wants to help him with his state duties. And not only that, she is soon to make him a father. Gloria Swanson hated this picture, but she liked director Albert Parker enough to use him some years later to make The Love of Sunya, her first film for United Artists.