Even as early as 1915, the use of "secret papers" to motivate a plot was considered an old-fashioned gimmick. Even so, such British films as the three-reel Great Bank Sensation got a lot of mileage by having the characters throwing themselves into a frenzy over a set of top-secret documents. In this instance, the precious parchments are stolen by the villain, then planted in the pocket of the hero, a bank cashier. The hero is of course accused of stealing the papers, but his sweetheart believes in his innocence. As the cashier is carted off to jail, the gloating villain decides to claim the heroine for himself. Kidnapping the girl, the bad guy carts her off to a remote cave, where she struggles for her virtue until the hero's inevitable in-the-nick-of-time rescue. A thrilling "high and dizzy" sequence atop a hotel building brings the film to a boisterous conclusion.
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