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The Confederate Ironclad (1912)

Unrated | | Drama, War, Short | 5 October 1912 (USA)
During the US civil war, Elinor, a pretty northern girl, comes south to visit her aunt. Little does anyone know, but she's a spy. Lt. Yancey, who's close to being engaged to the fetching ... See full summary »

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During the US civil war, Elinor, a pretty northern girl, comes south to visit her aunt. Little does anyone know, but she's a spy. Lt. Yancey, who's close to being engaged to the fetching and resourceful Rose, is gallant enough to show the Yankee guest around, including a walk down a hidden creek where a gunboat is built and awaits powder. Elinor sends this intelligence north, and the Blue Coats attack. Rose and Yancey have one chance to save the day: to bring a train of gun powder to the Confederate Ironclad so that she can fight back. Will they make it? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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5 October 1912 (USA)  »

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Conference Ironclad  »

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One of the 50 films in the 4-disk boxed DVD set called "Treasures from American Film Archives (2000)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 18 American film archives. This film was preserved by the George Eastman House. See more »

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A strange little Civil War film that tries to make BOTH sides happy!
28 October 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The movie is all about two lady spies (one from each side) and their attempts to either save or have an ironclad under construction destroyed. However, this is an odd film. It isn't odd because it's about the US Civil War, as in the 1910s many such films were made. Much of this probably had to do with the success of BIRTH OF A NATION (actually made just after THE CONFEDERATE IRONCLAD) as well as the fact that some Civil War veterans were still alive at the time and were celebrating the 50th anniversary of the conflict. No, what makes this such an odd film is that it actually tries to make BOTH Northerners and Southerners happy by letting both sides win, of sorts! And because of this gimmick, I think it negatively affects the impact of the film. While of some interest to historians and silent film buffs, the film overall is a bit of a dud--as there were better examples of this type of film being made at the same time period.


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