The King Louis XVI ( James Neill ) of France is caught paying his unwelcome attentions to Julie de Mortemar ( Pauline Bush ), the ward of Cardinal Richelieu ( Murdock MacQuarrie ). The girl loves Adrien De Pauprat ( William C. Dowlan ) who has been sent to Spain with the army as punishment for capturing a French town without his leader's orders. De Mauprat returns a hero, but Baradas ( Lon Chaney ), who is also in love with Julie, draws him into a plot to kill the cardinal and dethrone the king. Richelieu learns of the conspiracy and orders De Mauprat executed, but Julie pleads for his life and they are wed. The king again makes advances towards Julie, but this time it is the queen who saves her. Baradas again draws De Mauprat into a plot to kill the cardinal, but again the men are outwitted by the sly old cardinal. De Mauprat and Julie are reunited.
"Allan Dwan...has succeeded in really reproducing a section from the most momentous and troubled times in the history of France...Mr. MacQuarrie's portrayal of Richelieu is really a fine piece of acting" -Motion Picture News
This 1914 silent drama was based on a play written by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton and was originally released in March of 1914 as a full six-reel feature film, making it Lon Chaney's first full-length feature. It was also the last film Allan Dwan would make at Universal, soon signing with the Famous Players Company, the following year, he and leading lady Pauline Bush were married. Sadly this film now remains a lost silent.
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