Victoria Cross (1916)

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This picture, based on the play by Paul Potter, has the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny as its backdrop. Although Ralph Seton (Lou Tellegen), a major in the English army, has served honorably, now in Cawnpore he has sunk into a life of decadence. Sir Allan Strathallan (Ernest Joy) comes down to bring Seton the Victoria Cross, and is bringing his daughter Joan (Cleo Ridgley) -Seton's sweetheart -- with him. Because of their arrival, Seton resolves to straighten out, but a native rebel, Azimoolah (Sessue Hayakawa) uses Princess Adala (Mabel Van Buren) to ruin Seton's good intentions. Joan and her father catch Seton after a revel at the Palace and they see he's not the hero they believes him to be. But then Joan is captured by Azimoolah's men and Princess Adala offers to help Seton out. After attempting to escape, both Joan and Seton are sentenced to be put to death, but the executioner is overpowered. Strathallan arrives and recognizes that Seton has redeemed himself and earned both the Cross and his daughter. This picture bears no relation to the 1915 film of the same name. (Hal Erikson's review belongs on a different page than the one it is on now -- the above review matches the credits on the current page where Hal's review now sits.)