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The title of the film referred to the first group of men called to arms in World War I. This film was produced at the Rolfe-Metro ... More Less

The title of the film referred to the first group of men called to arms in World War I. This film was produced at the Rolfe-Metro studios. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
13 Oct 17
p. 786.
MPN
1 Dec 20
p. 3857.
MPW
15 Dec 17
p. 1644, 1682
NYDM
7 Apr 17
p. 114.
Variety
8 Feb 18
p. 39.
Wid's
7 Feb 1918 pp. 926-27.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
15 November 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
21 August 1917
Copyright Number:
LU11272
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Mary Alden and her two brothers Matthew and George hold quite different views of patriotism. Matthew expends his energies delivering soap box speeches extolling the virtues of pacifism. His naïvete leads him to unwittingly become the patsy of German secret agents led by Van Bierman. George, Mary's other brother, refuses to present himself before the draftboard when his number 258 is called, and Mary, ashamed, offers to go in his place. Her spirit imbues George with the spirit of patriotism, and he enlists. Meanwhile, Van Bierman and his spies are planning to blow up an airplane factory and kidnap Mary, forcing Matthew to realize the infamy of his associates. As Matthew struggles with the Germans, a cavalry troop led by John Graham, Mary's sweetheart, arrives in time to save both Mary and the factory. As the traitors are brought to justice, Matthew hurries to don a uniform and Mrs. Alden and Mary bid a fond farewell to the men bound for the ... +


Mary Alden and her two brothers Matthew and George hold quite different views of patriotism. Matthew expends his energies delivering soap box speeches extolling the virtues of pacifism. His naïvete leads him to unwittingly become the patsy of German secret agents led by Van Bierman. George, Mary's other brother, refuses to present himself before the draftboard when his number 258 is called, and Mary, ashamed, offers to go in his place. Her spirit imbues George with the spirit of patriotism, and he enlists. Meanwhile, Van Bierman and his spies are planning to blow up an airplane factory and kidnap Mary, forcing Matthew to realize the infamy of his associates. As Matthew struggles with the Germans, a cavalry troop led by John Graham, Mary's sweetheart, arrives in time to save both Mary and the factory. As the traitors are brought to justice, Matthew hurries to don a uniform and Mrs. Alden and Mary bid a fond farewell to the men bound for the front. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
War preparedness, World War I


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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