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Doug is an American mining engineer. Pres. Valdez of Paragonia (Aitken) wants him to reopen the country's mines. Doug is not interested ... until he sees the President's beautiful daughter,... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Spottiswoode Aitken ...
Carl Stockdale ...
Tote Du Crow ...
Charles Stevens ...
Colonel Gargaras
Lillian Langdon ...
Senora de Castille
Thomas Jefferson
Tom Wilson ...
Hartod Armitage White
Marguerite Marsh
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Doug is an American mining engineer. Pres. Valdez of Paragonia (Aitken) wants him to reopen the country's mines. Doug is not interested ... until he sees the President's beautiful daughter, Juana (Rubens). Valdez returns to Paragonia, but is deposed by Generals Sanchez and Garcia and locked in San Mateo Prison. The Americano arrives. His company's local office has been ransacked, but he finds loyal caretaker Dan (Wilson) in hiding there. He is contacted by former Prime Minister Castille, now in disguise as a peddler... Valdez writes the mysterious date "23 Noviembre 1899" on scraps of paper which are then thrown from the prison window as garbage. Juana checks her father's diary. That date contains an account of a successful escape from San Mateo, using the secret tunnel! But Garcia demands that Juana marry him the next day or Valdez will die... Written by David Steele

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24 December 1916 (USA)  »

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While shooting in Tijuana, Mexico, Douglas Fairbanks and the film crew were arrested by Mexican soldiers, but were not told why. It turned out that the soldiers belonged to one of the militias fighting each other for control of Mexico during the Mexican revolution; being short of money, they thought that the American movie company would pay to have their star and crew released. After payment of an appropriate "fine", the film crew packed up, dashed back across the border and resumed filming in San Diego. See more »


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South of the Border
4 May 2008 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

In the days before the Great War (aka World War) I), in the Caribbean Sea, the tiny nation of Paragonia nestled. Soon, the "jewel set in the girdle of the earth" would need All-American Douglas Fairbanks to settle unrest.

In the spring of 1910, a New York mining company's contract with the Republic comes up for renewal. Paragonia's "Minister of War" Carl Stockdale (as Salsa Espada) is alone in opposing the renewal; he thinks Americans are "pigs", and wants to rule the Republic. President Spottiswoode Aiken (as Hernando de Valdez) and Premier Tote du Crow (as Alberto de Castille) have their way, and the contract is signed. Meanwhile, Mr. Aiken's comely daughter Alma Rubens (as Juana de Valdez) attracts suitors like Charles Stevens (as Colonel Gargaras).

In New York City, young mining engineer Douglas Fairbanks (as "The Americano") is offered a job in Paragonia. At first, Fairbanks refuses ("Too far from Brooklyn!") -- but, when he sees fetching Ms. Rubens visiting the American Mining Company office, he is smitten. Upon arrival, Fairbanks finds the dictatorial Mr. Stockdale has taken over the country, and thrown its popular president in prison. Moreover, Rubens is being forced into an unhappy marriage…

This was the last, and not the best, of the Fairbanks "Triangle" films supervised by D.W. Griffith. The acclaimed director's influence can be seen occasionally, in the film's relatively elaborate structure, and characterizations. For example, Reubens is introduced petting a bird. And, while it wasn't only Griffith who employed offensive black-faced characters like Tom Wilson (as Harold Armitage "Whitey" White), he created this role for Wilson (who pets his lucky rabbit's foot). The Mexican locale is a highlight.

*** The Americano (12/24/16) John Emerson, D.W. Griffith ~ Douglas Fairbanks, Alma Rubens, Carl Stockdale

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