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Her Country's Call (1917)

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The final film in Benjamin Chapin's four-film cycle on the life of Abraham Lincoln, it deals with Lincoln as the American president and with the Civil War up to Lincoln's assassination.

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The final film in Benjamin Chapin's four-film cycle on the life of Abraham Lincoln, it deals with Lincoln as the American president and with the Civil War up to Lincoln's assassination. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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1 October 1917 (USA)  »

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Her Country's Call 1917 - A Tragic Loss
18 January 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Young and pretty mountain girl Jess Slocum ( Mary Miles Minter ) lives with her father Jim Slocum (George Periolat) who sole her as a baby for revenge. She questions him about his hatred toward soldiers, he admits to having been drummed out of an army camp years earlier for the crime of moon-shining. He still continues to make bootleg liquor and one day is tracked to his cabin by revenue officers, who fire their guns at him. Jess is hit and her father is sent to prison. Captain Earle Neville ( Alan Forrest ) takes care of the wounded girl, and as she heals, Jess becomes uncomfortable of her new surroundings and soon runs back to the mountains. On her way home, she overhears a plot by Mexican bandits who plan to seize the ammunition depot of the militia. She rushes back in time to warn the camp and is declared a hero. Jim now confesses that Colonel Tremaine ( Harry A. Barrows ) is really Jess's father, that he had stolen Jess from to seek his revenge, for being thrown out of the camp. Now happily reunited with her family, Jess and Capt. Earle Neville fall in love.

What a tragic loss Her Country's Call is for silent cinema. This 1917 drama starring Mary Miles Minter, was also the last film for actor Benjamin Chapin who played Abraham Lincoln in all of his short film career, succumbing to tuberculosis on June 2nd 1918 at the age of 45.


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