The American Consul (1917)

 |  Drama  |  15 February 1917 (USA)
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Abel Manning, an attorney, has spent the greater part of his life waiting for "something big." Joan, his daughter, is teaching school and is of great financial assistance to her father. ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Abel Manning
Ernest Joy ...
Sen. James Kitwell
Maude Fealy ...
Joan Kitwell
Charles West ...
Pedro Gonzales
Raymond Hatton ...
President Cavillo (as Raymond Hattan)
Tom Forman ...
Geoffrey Daniels


Abel Manning, an attorney, has spent the greater part of his life waiting for "something big." Joan, his daughter, is teaching school and is of great financial assistance to her father. Senator Kitwell is to hold a big political rally, and Manning is elated because he is to give the address. Geoffrey Daniels returns home for the election, bringing his college chums. He sees Joan and is interested. As Joan's father is making his speech, Geoffrey plays a joke on him, incurring Joan's contempt. In the meantime the Mexicans are scheming for a new government and Gonzales goes to Washington to use his influence in securing an American consul his gang can influence. Kitwell wins, and Manning, believing Kitwell's promise to do something for him, goes to Washington. He is given nothing, however, his funds diminish and Joan finally joins him. Geoffrey is appointed to install wireless stations at some valuable mines in the Mexican country, Gonzales, promising Kitwell an interest in the mines if ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Theodore Roberts Takes the Lead
28 May 2011 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Lasky's supporting actor Theodore Roberts (most remembered for the character roles he played in the company's Cecil B. DeMille films) gets to lead this politically intriguing drama. Unfortunately, the film is no longer available for viewing. Mr. Roberts plays a character described by writer Julian Johnson in "Photoplay" (May 1917) as "the composite picture of the all-American small town politician," who is actually an "inefficient lawyer." Roberts helps ambitious Ernest Joy (as James Kitwell) win a Senate seat, and is rewarded with "The American Consul" title. As such, Roberts becomes a pawn in a dangerous game involving Mexican revolutionary Charles West (as Pedro Gonzales) and Raymond Hatton (as President Cavillo).

Roberts' pretty daughter Maude Fealy (as Joan Manning) and handsome fiancé Tom Forman (as Geoffrey Daniels) help set things in order while providing viewers with a romantic couple. Reportedly, the film offered a typically fine Roberts performance, but in a less than spectacular motion picture. In his "Photoplay" review, Mr. Johnson thought Ms. Fealy, "a splendid addition to the file of leading women." Mr. Forman was, at the time, the most popular player in the picture; the young actor/director was #23 among actors in the 1917 "Motion Picture Magazine" poll. Forman committed suicide in 1926, perhaps inspiring "What Price Hollywood?"

**** The American Consul (2/15/17) Rollin Sturgeon ~ Theodore Roberts, Maude Fealy, Tom Forman, Ernest Joy

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