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HISTORY

The working title of the film was Colton, U.S. N. This film includes scenes of fleet maneuvers by fifteen battleships, four torpedo boats and three colliers, under command of Vice-Admiral Henry T. Mayo, U.S.N., and the landing of 280 marines and their advance against a supposed enemy. These scenes were shot at Newport, RI. The film also includes scenes shot at Annapolis, MD showing the Naval Academy and naval ... More Less

The working title of the film was Colton, U.S. N. This film includes scenes of fleet maneuvers by fifteen battleships, four torpedo boats and three colliers, under command of Vice-Admiral Henry T. Mayo, U.S.N., and the landing of 280 marines and their advance against a supposed enemy. These scenes were shot at Newport, RI. The film also includes scenes shot at Annapolis, MD showing the Naval Academy and naval cadets. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
26 Feb 16
p. 472.
Motog
25 Mar 16
p. 713, 715
MPN
23 Oct 15
p. 62.
MPN
27 Nov 15
p. 83.
MPN
18 Mar 16
p. 1586.
MPN
25 Mar 16
p. 1769.
MPW
18 Mar 16
p. 1898.
MPW
25 Mar 16
p. 2023.
NYDM
18 Mar 16
p. 30.
Variety
10 Mar 16
p. 31.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Colton, U. S. N.
Release Date:
13 March 1916
Copyright Claimant:
The Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
29 February 1916
Copyright Number:
LP7738
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When Lieutenant Commander Colton, an official at the Naval Academy, refuses to reinstate Gilman Austen, who flunked out, Gilman's father, political boss J. F. Austen, has Colton reassigned to a much harsher job, that of submarine commander. While in charge of Submarine D-2, Colton learns of a Ruanian plot to blow up the United States fleet. To foil the plan, Colton, working alone, detonates the Ruanian mines before the fleet passes through them, but he sustains serious injuries in the process. He is rescued, however, by Seaman Gilman Austen, who joined the Navy after his dismissal from Annapolis. With the fleet now safe, Colton marries Caroline, Gilman's sister, and Gilman himself, because of his heroism, is allowed to re-enter the ... +


When Lieutenant Commander Colton, an official at the Naval Academy, refuses to reinstate Gilman Austen, who flunked out, Gilman's father, political boss J. F. Austen, has Colton reassigned to a much harsher job, that of submarine commander. While in charge of Submarine D-2, Colton learns of a Ruanian plot to blow up the United States fleet. To foil the plan, Colton, working alone, detonates the Ruanian mines before the fleet passes through them, but he sustains serious injuries in the process. He is rescued, however, by Seaman Gilman Austen, who joined the Navy after his dismissal from Annapolis. With the fleet now safe, Colton marries Caroline, Gilman's sister, and Gilman himself, because of his heroism, is allowed to re-enter the Academy. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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