The Man on the Box (1914)

Lieutenant Bob Warburton is wounded during an encounter with the Indians and taken to the home of Col. Annesley for medical treatment. Recovering, Bob finds that his service in the army has... See full summary »

Directors:

Oscar Apfel (as Oscar C. Apfel), Cecil B. DeMille (co-director) (uncredited)

Writer:

Harold McGrath (novel) (as Harold MacGrath)
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Cast overview:
Max Figman ... Lt. Bob Warburton
C.F. Le None C.F. Le None ... Scout
Fred Montague Fred Montague ... Col. Raleigh
Fred L. Wilson Fred L. Wilson ... Jack Warburton
Betty Johnson Betty Johnson ... Nancy Warburton (as Betty Jonson)
Mabel Van Buren ... Kit Warburton
Harry Fisher ... Chales Henderson
James Neill ... Col. Annesley
Lolita Robertson ... Betty Annesley
Horace B. Carpenter ... Russian Ambassador
Jack W. Johnston ... Count Karloff (as J.W. Johnston)
William Elmer ... Troop Commander
Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Chadwick
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Lieutenant Bob Warburton is wounded during an encounter with the Indians and taken to the home of Col. Annesley for medical treatment. Recovering, Bob finds that his service in the army has expired and he says he is penniless. However he is rich in romance and becomes fascinated by the Colonel's daughter, Betty. Betty, not knowing who Bob is, offers him a position as coachman, which he accepts. Many and varied are Bob's experiences as "The Man on the Box" of the Annesley coach. Becoming implicated in a plot to defraud the United States Government of important plans, he thwarts the attempts of a Russian Count and saves important plans. Betty, while visiting Bob's sister, who is a dear friend, learns from Bob's photograph who he is, but allows him to continue as coachman. Bob is entirely ignorant of Betty's knowledge of his identity. Betty's father loses his money, then Bob discloses his identity and admits he is the possessor of a large fortune in his own right. However, Betty's and ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1914 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar Apfel
12 December 2003 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

The 33 year old Cecil B. DeMille was being mentored by Oscar Apfel as director in this film. He obviously didn't learn much because DeMille didn't turn out to be a good director. He was a good oil painter (in the sense that he could create spectacle and attention to detail in his films), but lacked substance in terms of story and relationships.


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