John Rand ( Kenneth Harlan ), having lived in a small town his entire life, dreams of possessing wealth and power in New York. Napoleon Bonaparte has long been his ideal, and one day he feels a message from the departed general urging him to take up the fight for world supremacy. He goes to the city ready to begin the battle, and there, aided by his Napoleonic visions, John amasses a great fortune, ruthlessly destroying everyone who presents an obstacle to his lust for power. His ambitions satiated, John becomes the enemy of democracy when he sells a secret formula to an enemy power. He is later killed by an anarchist. John then awakens to find himself in his cottage, secure in his mother's devotion and the love of Marion Sherwood ( Carmel Myers ), the banker's daughter.
This unique 1917 silent drama was produced by Bluebird Photoplays starring Kenneth Harlan and Carmel Myers. the survival status of The Lash of Power is listed as unknown, which sadly suggests it may now be a lost silent film.
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