Who Goes There? (1917)

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At the beginning of World War I, when the Germans invade Belgium, Kervyn Guild, an American of Belgian descent, is captured with a group of refugees. He is threatened with execution, but the commander, General Von Reiter (Arthur Donaldson), offers to let him and the refugees go free if he goes to London and fetches his fiancée, a Swiss girl named Karen Girard (Corinne Griffith). For the sake of the others, he agrees. But when he finds the girl and brings her across the channel, he realizes that she has some coded documents. Before reaching their destination, not only has Guild decoded the messages and handed them over to the British, he has also convinced Karen that she does not really want to align herself with the Germans. In an attempt to protect the girl, Guild gets into a duel with Von Reiter and stabs him. The dying General forgives him and gives him and Karen safe passage to Antwerp. This picture was based on a story by Robert W. Chambers, a very popular author of the day.