Much of the three-reel Black Nissen was filmed outdoors -- a rarity for a British film of the period. The titular villain steals the blueprints for a revolutionary new outboard motor, killing the inventor and passing off the invention as his own. After demonstrating the motor to an audience of British boat enthusiasts, he is accepted into the highest rungs of English society. Nissen is ultimately exposed as a cad and a bounder, when, during an accident on the bounding main, he swims away from his capsized racing boat, leaving the heroine to fend for herself. Finally, Black Nissen is hoist on his own petard when he is blown up at sea by his malfunctioning "miracle motor."
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