When Willard Geddie ( Earle Williams ) is told by his sweetheart Ida Payne's fortune-hunting mother that Ida ( Grace Darmond ) no longer wishes to see him, the heartbroken young man leaves New York and accepts an official position in the small South American country of Coralio. He lives an idle life there until news arrives that the President of Coralio and his mistress, an American opera singer, are planning to abscond with the country's treasury. By mistake, Geddie captures the President of an American insurance company who is trying to enter Coralio with embezzled money, after which the criminal commits suicide. Meanwhile, Ida arrives in South America looking for Geddie, but she is erroneously identified as the President's mistress and refused permission to come ashore. A detective from New York later arrests the President and the opera singer, believing them to be the embezzler and his wife. Finally the confusion is cleared up and Geddie returns to New York with the stolen insurance money and Ida.
This 1918 comedy/drama was based from the short story "The Lotus and the Bottle" by O. Henry, produced by The Vitagraph Company of America and released on March 18th, 1918. The survival status of An American Live Wire is listed as unknown, sadly suggesting it may now remain a lost silent film.
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