Brooke Travers, a young society man of a roving disposition and much leisure, gets into a cab with his valet and his trunks, to go to his yacht for a cruise. Arriving at the pier, the ... See full summary »





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Cast overview:
Brooke Travers
Charlotte Ives ...
Lucy Sheridan
Ruby Hoffman ...
Ivan F. Simpson ...
Walter Craven ...
Gen. Campos
Robert Broderick ...
Col. Bowie
Esther Lyon ...
Mrs. Bowie
Henry West ...
Rev. Bostick (as Harry West)
Mario Majeroni ...
Gen. Rivas
Thomas McGrath ...


Brooke Travers, a young society man of a roving disposition and much leisure, gets into a cab with his valet and his trunks, to go to his yacht for a cruise. Arriving at the pier, the cabman demands an exorbitant charge for his fare, and, upon Travers resenting the charge, he is again soaked by the cabman, this time with his capable fists. Travers strikes back, and the cabman falls, his head hitting a curbstone. The ambulance surgeon arrives, pronounces the man dying, and advises Travers to flee. Taking the advice and the cab, Travers and his valet hasten for another wharf, and take ship for Central America. As they are landing at the little port of Porto Banos, the consul of that place, who is also an instigator of revolutions, offers to let Travers take his credentials and pose as Dictator in his place, pretending to be afraid of the yellow fever, but really because he has learned of a new revolution, and is afraid of his life. Travers, fearing the law is already on his track, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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A thrillingly humorous photo-adaptation of the famous melodramatic comedy.


Adventure | Romance





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21 June 1915 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El dictador  »

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1.33 : 1
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The Dictator (1915) - Lost Silent ?
1 March 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Wealthy Brooke Travers ( John Barrymore ) leaves with his valet to go on a cruise, but en route, Brooke's argument with a taxi driver over the fare to the docks becomes a fight in which both participants fall into the river. Believing the driver to be dead, the valet rescues Brooke and, to escape the police, takes him aboard a steamer bound for Porto Banos, a Central American republic. On the ship, Brooke falls in love with Lucy Sheridan ( Charlotte Ives ), who is on her way to marry a missionary she has never met. American consul Colonel Bowie ( Robert Broderick ), who is supposed to become Porto Banos' dictator, is afraid he will be assassinated because of the revolutions he has instigated. Feigning fear of yellow fever, Bowie convinces Brooke to leave the boat in his place. After many incidents involving Brooke, Lucy, revolutionaries, the consul's wife, the missionary and an American detective, Brooke is saved from execution when a U.S. battleship arrives.

This 1915 comedy/romance was based from the play The Dictator by Richard Harding Davis, produced by Famous Players Film Company in association with the Charles Frohman Company, with some of the location photography taken in Cuba. Starring John Barrymore, the survival status of The Dictator is listed as unknown, sadly suggesting it may now be a lost silent film.

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