Although already a matinee idol, handsome Francis X. Bushman reportedly won the leading role in this very popular adventure melodrama by winning The Ladies' World's highly publicized "Hero Contest." Bushman played John Delancey Curtis, an American railroad magnate who saves the beautiful Lady Hermione (Beverly Bayne) from being forced into marrying the nasty Count Vasillian (Rapley Holmes). One of Essanay's largest undertakings, One Wonderful Night was filmed on location in New York City and not in Chicago, the company's usual haunt. Considering that Bushman was the only Essanay star to be entered into the "Hero Contest," his victory over such major names as Crane Wilbur and J. Warren Kerrigan was a bit suspect. Bushman later married his leading lady in this and many other films, Beverly Bayne.
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