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During the American Revolution, a young soldier carrying a crucial message to General Washington is spotted and pursued by a group of enemy soldiers. He takes refuge with a civilian family, but is soon detected. The family and their neighbors must then make plans to see that the important message gets through after all. Written by
While the American Revolution rages, Owen Moore, "a brave American officer trying to get news of a British attack to General Washington," leaves home on his mission. He is immediately attacked by German Hessians, working for the British crown. Mr. Moore manages to make it back home, where father James Kirkwood is able to conceal him from the imminent intruders. "The Hessian Renegades" terrify Moore's family, as they try to keep the young soldier hidden. Soon, murder and sexual harassment rock the soldier's family...
Mary Pickford takes a turn to stand out, among the usual Biograph regulars, by dressing up as a soldier; not surprisingly, she is a very unconvincing young man! It's fun to spot director D.W. Griffith's other regulars. This story, aka "1776 or the Hessian Renegades" isn't one of the director's better early offerings - however, there are a few highlights. Watch for Mr. Kirkwood to suffer a split pants "wardrobe malfunction" in the last few seconds!
*** The Hessian Renegades (9/6/09) D.W. Griffith ~ James Kirkwood, Owen Moore, Mary Pickford
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