Forced by the dictates of his Biograph contract to give up directing in favor of "supervising," D.W. Griffith left the studio as soon as possible. Thus, though Griffith is credited as supervisor of the 4-reel Classmates, he actually had very little to do with the production. The story concerns four West Point cadets, one of whom, played by Henry B. Walthall, is unjustly expelled in his junior year. Vowing vengeance against the student who engineered his dismissal, Walthall follows the man to the steamy jungles of South America, where through various acts of conspicuous bravery he is at last able to clear his own name. Based on a play by Margaret Turnbull and William C. DeMille, Classmates was remade in 1924 with Richard Barthelmess in the lead.
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