The commanding officer of the title is played by Donald Crisp. When he inherits two children from his late sister, Crisp is forced to take a wife. The young lady elected to this task is Alice Dovey, who doesn't particularly like her new husband, but who is virtually ordered into matrimony by her officer father. Dovey enters into a casual affair with captain Marshall Neilan, regretting her actions when it appears that Crisp might have murdered one of her former beaus. Chock full of life's little surprises, The Commanding Officer was an intriguing early effort from ever-dependable director Allan Dwan.
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