During the American Revolution, an American girl, Helen Carpenter (Anna Q. Nilsson)betrays the Colonie by helping her fiancé, Lieutenant Waldon (Guy Coombs), a British naval officer escape from a prison ship.

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1st Lieutenant Joseph Waldon, U.S.N.
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Ruth Carpenter - Daniel's 1st Daughter
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Captain Abercrombie - a British Officer
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Daniel Carpenter - a Long Island Farmer
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Esther Carpenter - Daniel's 2nd Daughter
J. Barstow Budworth ...
2nd Lieutenant Sewall, U.S.N.

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While Lieut. Waldon of the Continental Army is visiting his sweetheart, Ruth Carpenter, he is arrested by Capt. Abercrombie, a British officer, and placed on board the prison ship. There he endures many hardships but does not lose heart. A month after his capture his patience is rewarded when a faithful servant of the Carpenter household succeeds in smuggling a file and a note to him. The note instructs Waldon to use the file and be prepared to drop into a boat below his window on the following Thursday night. He is farther told that Capt. Erskin's Continentals will await him beyond the British lines. On Thursday night Waldon drops into the waiting boat and puts out for shore. His escape is quickly discovered and the British start in pursuit. The Continentals, who have arranged an ambuscade, successfully cover Waldon's escape and block the enemy. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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16 August 1912 (USA)  »

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The pursuit, which is conventional, falls down a little now and then
21 January 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A first class historical drama of the Revolution. The British authorities held American prisoners of war in an old hulk anchored in New York harbor. It was a most deplorable fever hole and many a patriot died in it. This picture uses an effective melodramatic formula and works Up to a thrilling escape from this ship. The heroine gets word to her lover in the ship and brings a boat under his windows into which he lowers himself on knotted bedding. They are pursued by British soldiers almost to the American camp where the red coats fall into an ambuscade and are cut to pieces by a well-aimed volley. It is as good as the best of this kind that we have had; far better than the average. The first scene opens in a colonial manor house, the home of the heroine. This set is very well made and the acting is fine except that this servant should not have had his hat on in the presence of his mistress in the house. That didn't belong to colonial times; but to the present. The old ship that was used in the following scenes served very well to suggest the prison. The escape is perfectly conducted. The pursuit, which is conventional, falls down a little now and then; but the climax, where the blue coats volley into the pursuers, is a fine thrill. The photography is excellent. - The Moving Picture World, August 31, 1912


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