The Man Who Was Afraid (1917)

Drama | 2 July 1917

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ETR
7 Jul 17
p. 343.
Motog
7 Jul 17
p. 45.
MPW
14 Jul 17
p. 252.
NYDM
13 Dec 19
p. 4332.
Variety
6 Jul 17
p. 24.
Wid's
19 Jul 17
p. 459.
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LITERARY
Based on a story by Mary Brecht Pulver in The Saturday Evening Post (publication date undetermined).
DETAILS
Release Date:
2 July 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Essanay Film Mfg. Co.
Copyright Date:
20 June 1917
Copyright Number:
LP10992
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
4-5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Young Benton Clune is not a coward at heart, but rather the victim of an overprotective mother who has taught her son to fear life. When the President's call to arms comes, Clune's regiment of the National Guard prepares, and Mrs. Clune, terror stricken, induces her son to resign from the unit. His comrades brand him a coward and Elsie Revere, the girl he loves, spurns him. After the regiment goes to war, Benton, hurt by the taunts that greet him, hastens to the front where he finds his regiment in dire straits with the enemy in overwhelming numbers threatening their annihilation. The colonel calls for a volunteer to make a perilous trip for reinforcements, and when those who had jeered at Benton hold back from what seems an inevitable death, Benton steps forth. His trip through enemy lines forms a series of narrow escapes, but he succeeds, thus redeeming his honor and winning the girl he ... +


Young Benton Clune is not a coward at heart, but rather the victim of an overprotective mother who has taught her son to fear life. When the President's call to arms comes, Clune's regiment of the National Guard prepares, and Mrs. Clune, terror stricken, induces her son to resign from the unit. His comrades brand him a coward and Elsie Revere, the girl he loves, spurns him. After the regiment goes to war, Benton, hurt by the taunts that greet him, hastens to the front where he finds his regiment in dire straits with the enemy in overwhelming numbers threatening their annihilation. The colonel calls for a volunteer to make a perilous trip for reinforcements, and when those who had jeered at Benton hold back from what seems an inevitable death, Benton steps forth. His trip through enemy lines forms a series of narrow escapes, but he succeeds, thus redeeming his honor and winning the girl he loves. +

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World War I


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