Constance Talmadge had, like her more famous sister Norma, quite a career in silent movies and her ability to survive borefests like this argues an amazing star power. The plot is not about a cleaning woman with a mean mop -- although such a character does serve as comic relief in a few scenes to lighten the unbelievably stultifying script -- but about a high spirited girl caught up in the web of Bloody Jeffrys' Assizes after Monmouth's Revolt. Miss Talmadge is that high-spirited girl who sticks at naught, except for when the script calls for a bit of comic relief and she must go all girly.
The cast is filled out with the usual gallery of Restoration rogues and scoundrels who would continue to inhabit movies into the 1950s, when Maureen O'Hara would play similar idiotic roles -- who can ever forget her as Claire, Daughter of Aramis in AT SWORD'S POINT, despite the best that electroshock therapy can do? -- and is ably assisted by Conway Tearle as the idiotic hero. Mr. Tearle was an excellent actor who could be counted on to perform his role well and never distract us from the leading lady.
The whole thing is resolved by a bit of unhistorical nonsense unmatched in the history of films until Custer's destroyed letter in THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON. I'd tell you more about it but believe me -- you don't want to know. Take my advice and forget this movie ever existed.
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